Country: Ethiopia
Varieties: Mixed Heirloom Yirgacheffe Process: Washed
Region: Kochere District, Gedeo Zone

Altitude: 1900-2100 masl
Soil type: Red brown
Average rainfall: 1200-1800mm
Crop year: 16/17 November - January

Cupping Notes: Peach / Jasmine / Vanilla

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This is our second year in a row purchasing from the Biloya washing station, and we couldn’t be happier! A mere 20km from the village of Yirgacheffe, this coffee comes to us from the Gedeo zone at the heart of some of the finest quality coffees Ethiopia has to offer. It’s no wonder, as with elevations reaching up to 2100masl, coffees at this washing station are amongst the highest altitude coffees grown in Ethiopia.

Once the cherries are brought into the washing station by the farmers, they’re run through a wet mill that operates on local river water in order to loosen the cherries. They are then placed into one of 14 tanks where they are soaked for 36-48 hours before being removed to raised African beds for 10 days of drying. At this stage in the process, it is typical to refer to the green coffee as parchment, a word that we don’t use often on this side of the coffee supply chain.

Coffees from Kochere District have been very popular this year, and its clear why. This coffee explodes from the cup with peach and apricot flavours and sweetness, and is incredibly smooth drinking.