Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Edido (Lot1) Grade 1 Washed


This grade 1 washed Ethiopian coffee comes from 650 smallholder farmers in the village(kebele) of Edido in Yirgacheffe district.

Grown at altitudes between 1800 and 2000masl, the farmers deliever their ripe coffee cherries to the local Edido washing station managed by Abdulmejid Jibril.  After careful sorting and floatation to select only the highest quality cherries, these are pulped and fermented for 36-48 hours depending on the climatic conditions.  The coffee is then washed and graded by density in clean water channels before being dried in the sun on raised African beds for 12-15 days.  In the daytime the parchment needs to be raked and turned periodically to ensure consistent drying process.  The coffee is also covered between 12pm and 3 pm to protect it from the hot sun, and at night time to protect it from rainfall and condensing ambient moisture.  Once the coffee has dried to the optimum level it is transported to Addis Ababa for dry-milling, grading, sorting  and handpicking, before being bagged in GrainPro for export.

The "kebele" of Edido is in the Yirgacheffe district(woreda), Gedeo Zone.  Over a number of years the Yirgacheffe sub-region has developed a distinguished reputation for fine coffees, producing some of the most sought after micro-lots in the world.  The combination of high altitude(up to 2200m 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 some parts of Ethiopia - are responsible for the unique flavour notes which make for an unusual but beautifully refined cup, characterized by strong citric acidity, sweet chocolate and floral/herbal notes of lavender, jasmine, bergamot and hops.

Region: Ethiopia

Sub-region: Yirgacheffe

Wet Mill: Edido managed by Abdulmejid Jibril

Processing: Washed

Plant Species: Arabica

Coffee Grade: Grade 1

Growing Altitude: 1800-2200 masl

Cupping Notes:This coffee displays blueberry, lemon, lime, mandarin, orange, cherry and a heavy body.

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