Region: Nansebo, West Arsi Altitude:1,900 - 2,050 metres above sea level Varietal: Mixed heirloom Process: Washed and sun-dried on raised beds Producer:700 smallholder farmers of Gora Kone washing station
This newest release comes to us from Nansebo - West Arsi, located within the celebrated region of Sidamo. It is sweet and syrupy with notes of pomegranate and citrus throughout. Well-balanced with soft undertones of rosehip make this a delightfully flavourful cup.
This coffee is excellent for those who enjoy bright espressos. Recommended also for pour-over, Aeropress, French Press, stovetop and cold brew.
Nansebo, like most coffee producing regions in Ethiopia rely heavily on the effort of smallholder farmers. This lot was sourced from 700-800 farmers growing coffee on plots no larger than 3 hectares. Coffee from this area usually grow under shade provided by wanza and acacia trees. Shade-grown coffee typically take longer to mature, which favours the development of rich and complex flavours.
This type of farming system replicates the most natural conditions of the coffee plant, which originated as a wild shrub growing in Ethiopian forests.
Cherries that arrive at the washing station are pulped (removal of the seed's outer skin) and fermented in large bins for between 42-46 hours. The coffee is washed using water from the Gerenbicho river, an affluent of the Nansebo river. The length of fermentation is key to bringing out the bright flavours and citrus tones that make Ethiopian coffee so special.
After soaking, the coffees are sorted and carefully laid out to dry in the sun on raised beds for 10-12 days.