||Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Gedeb Natural 2013
A warning: this is an Ethiopian Natural.
Natural Yirgacheffes could not be more different to washed Yirgacheffes in every way. This is a very funky coffee which some people translate as delicious, some people as fermented fruit. It’s a marmite coffee, you will either love it or you will hate it. You have been warned.
The growing region of Yirgacheffe is world famous and has some amazing plant stock. Based in the central southern Ethiopia, the farm is named after the town in the heart of the district. So this comes from the town of Gedeb to the south of Yirgacheffe heading towards the Kenya border, where the coffee it is hand picked, naturally processed, and is grown at an altitude around 1800-2000 metres altitude (on average).
Many thousands of bags marked ‘Yirgacheffe’ are sold every year but there may be significant differences between them in terms of cup quality. Selecting by cupping cuts the wheat from the chaff, and this one was very special on the cupping table. It is also a grade 1, a grade given by the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange liquoring unit to highlight it as an extra special lot.
The vareital is Kurume, an indigenous Ethiopian varietal. They are smaller in size than other typica/heirloom beans but are very sweet in the cup, also giving a very aromatic cup. It is processed at a mill owned by the Moplaco group, where over 200 small holder producers bring their cherries.
The yield was heavily down this year, from their capacity of 10 containers to just under 2. But luckily this doesn’t seem to have affected the quality.
In the cup expect the unexpected. It’s a natural so there is lots of funk and a huge body, but with all the great notes of a washed coffee of apricot and tinned peaches, whilst remaining bold but clean and a lovely floral aftertaste. A delicious but confused coffee.
Processing: Naturally processed
Altitude: 1800-2000 mtrs
Owner: Moplaco mill
Nice and light, a good solid medium roast but nowhere near second crack.
"Quick Look" Guide:
FUNKY, big body, apricot, tinned peaches, floral.
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