Ethiopia- Yirgacheffe Kochere - Chelelektu - Grade 1
Cupping Notes: Raspberry lemonade, tangerine, apricot
This is a Grade 1, fully washed coffee from the Chelelektu Wetmill. This wetmill is located in the Kochere district, and managed by Legese Kebede.
Chelelektu Wetmill processes cherries from over 650 local smallholder farmers, who cultivate less than 2 hectares of land. The coffee from this wet-mill ranges in growing altitudes between 1,900-2,100masl. This is some of the highest grown coffee in the world!
Ripe cherries are delivered to the wet-mill for careful sorting and pulping before fermenting for 36-48 hours, depending on the climactic conditions. The parchment coffee is then thoroughly washed and graded by bean density before being dried in the sun on raised African beds for 12-15 days (until the ideal moisture level has been reached).
In the daytime the parchment needs to be raked and turned periodically to ensure a consistent drying process. The coffee is then covered between 12pm and 3pm to protect it from the sun, and at night time to protect it from rain fall and moisture. Once the coffee has dried, it is transported to Addis Ababa for dry-milling, grading, sorting and handpicking, before being bagged in GrainPro for export.
The town of Chelelektu is amongst the highest altitudes in the region. This region has developed a reputation for fine coffees, producing some of the most sought-after micro-lots in world. The combination of high altitude (up to 2,200m in some areas), fertile soil, consistent and plentiful rains, and an abundance of local knowledge are all contributing factors to the high status of Yirgacheffe coffees. The indigenous ‘heirloom’ varietals - which grow wild in Ethiopia - are responsible for the unique flavor notes which make for an unusual but refined cup, characterised by strong citric acidity, sweet chocolate and floral/herbal notes of lavender, jasmine, bergamot and hops.
Farm Name: Chelelektu
Producer Type: Small Holder Farmers
Wet Mill: Chelelektu
Plant Species: Arabica
Variety: Ethiopian Heirloom Varieties
Growing Altitude: 1900-2100 MASL