Ethiopia | Koke Shalaye

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Region: Koke, Yirgacheffe
Altitude: 1,972 metres above sea level
Varietal: Heirloom
Process: Washed
Producer: Various smallholder farmers

Complex and dynamic, this lot features vibrant notes of nectarine, medjool date and white blossom florals. 

Recommended for all brew methods.

Origin Story
This coffee comes from a collection of smallholder producers in the area of Koke. Coffee is a family crop – grown by households within small gardens, on less than one hectare of land. Producers line their homes with coffee trees, and it is the primary source of income. It is common for producers to intercrop "enset" (Ethiopian banana), avocados, and papaya to have additional food sources.

Producers in the region are susceptible to a number of challenges, namely, an ageing generation of coffee trees, negative effects of climate change and fluctuations in the coffee market price. Climate change, in particular, is having difficult repercussions, as fluctuating season’s effects harvesting, as well as unexpected rains, increasing the length of the drying process.

Fortunately, local initiatives are attempting to combat these problems. Working with agricultural development agents, farmers in the region are finding new support to help combat climate change as well as plant new coffee trees, helping to improve the sustainable production of coffee in the area.


Processing
This coffee was processed using the washed method. At least once a day, the collected coffee cherry is delivered to the mill, where it is floated and then placed on raised beds to be sorted by hand, usually by women, and dried. Great care is taken upon delivery to separate out any overripe, under-ripe or damaged bean.

The cherries are then pushed through a pulping machine via water channels. The clean beans are then placed into a large concrete tank where water fills to initiate the fermentation process. This can take anywhere from 48 to 72 hours. Once fermented, the remaining mucilage is removed, and the coffee is dried on raised beds in the open sun.