||Ethiopia Kebel Konga Washed 2012
||Varietal: Typica and heirloom varietals
What I do know is this coffee comes from a mill in the Wote / Konga region, north of the town of Yirgacheffe in the Guji area. The mill is called Kerbal Konga and is supplied by around 600 small holder farmers (mainly garden growers), who produce around 10 containers a year (6 washed, 4 natural). This is quite a lot for a mill.
The varietals are anyone's guess, but seem to be mainly made up from typica and various other heirloom varietals (anyone's guess). This is what you get in Ethiopia: lots of small growers with lots of different mutations and variations of plant.
Ripe cherries are delivered to the mill where they are graded, sorted, de-pulped, and then fermented underwater for between 18 and 36 hours, depending on temperature, humidity, and other factors.
Parchment is then sorted in washing channels, and then placed onto raised African drying tables. The drying period generally lasts for up to 2-3 weeks, until moisture level reaches 12% or lower.
The beans are then transported in parchment to the ECX warehouse in Awassa, then dry-milled to remove the parchment prior to shipping.
The altitude is varied but goes between 1850 and 2000 meters above sea level.
Detective work over, Ethiopian coffee can only be found on the cupping table. Mills will produce lots of different qualities and quantities. Other people may get coffees from this mill but none will taste as amazing as this one does on the cupping table, and we snapped it all up very quickly. What it doesn't take a detective to work out is that this coffee is amazingly delicious.
In the cup expect one of the most amazing coffees I have ever tasted. It starts with apricots and peaches, but quickly develops into a pack of Opal Fruits (or Starbursts for you young kids). In particular the purple Opal Fruits, which are my favourite, that sweet blackcurrant one. We also decided there is some pomegranate, but this coffee is so varied and keeps developing and changing as it cools, all for the better. Super varied and super interesting washed coffee from Ethiopia.
Washing station:Kebel Konga
Farmer: 600 small holder producers
Farm Size: n/a
Coffee growing area: n/a
Altitude: 1850-2000 masl
Varietal: Typica and heirloom varietals
Processing System: Washed process and sun dried
Drop just before any second crack happens.
"Quick Look" Guide:
Peaches, apricot, opal fruits, purple, blackcurrant, pomegranate.
Good Filter: Yes, Good Espresso: Yes
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