Getachew is a very experienced producer who is known for his skill in managing high quality, efficient production levels. Around 600 smallholder farmers deliver ripe cherries to this washing station, many of which are from small family plots that include recently planted trees of improved varietals as well as traditional old varieties. Once cherries have been delivered to the washing station, the laborious hand selection of ripe cherries begin.
Next, cherries are dried on thin layers of raised beds to ensure consistent fermentation levels. This process requires intense labour and immaculate attention to detail to ensure the flavours are well maintained and stable. The rich soil around this area combined with the processing method contributes to a refined final cup that is focused, sweet and complex.
Producing great natural coffees is challenging and it requires at least as much attention to details as producing good washed coffees. The cherries are then hand sorted for unripe and overripe cherries to get a sweeter and cleaner product.
The natural coffee is normally processed at the later part of the harvest and that’s when the harvest is peaking at the higher altitudes. The first face of drying is crucial and are in relatively thin layers on the tables to avoid fermented flavours and it should reach what’s called the ‘raisin’ stage at about 25% moist in a few days. It’s important to move the cherries carefully to avoid damage on the fruit.
In the second phase, from 25%-12% moist, the layers are built up, and it’s constantly moved during the daytime, and needs some rest midday and at night. To fast drying will increase the very fruity flavours and make it unstable, but to slow drying can create mould and other off flavours. It’s a costly process that requires good labour and attention if you want it at the highest quality levels.
This is a very clean and vibrant Ethiopian coffee. With delicate duku langsat sweetness, pair with wild strawberry notes that's familiar with natural processed coffee, finish with rose water floral finish. A lovely coffee to enjoy in the afternoon.