||Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Kochere Debo Washed 2015
||Varietal: Kurume and other heirloom varietals
The growing district of Yirgacheffe is world famous and has some amazing plant stock. Based in central southern Ethiopia, lots of coffee is named after the town in the heart of the district. The real detail comes in the 'Kochere Debo' part of the name. This denotes that it's from the sub-region or zone of Kochere, which is between the small towns of Fishegenet and Chelelektu (which is 6km north of the farm). The Debo is yet another sub-region of Kochere (are you keeping up? Ethiopia country, Yirgacheffe District, Kochere Zone, Debo sub-zone).
This coffee is hand picked and fully washed, submerged underwater for 36-48 hours (depending on weather conditions / temperatures) then sorted and dried on raised African beds for up to 2 weeks. The coffee is grown at around 1,950 - 2,150 metres altitude (on average) and is nearly as high as you can go without frost damage and low temperatures affecting the coffee plant.
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, which is a grade given by the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange liquoring unit to highlight it as an extra special lot.
The varietal is Kurume and other heirloom indigenous Ethiopian varietals. The Kurume is really interesting though, as it's very specific to this small area, and tends to be smaller in size than other Typica/heirloom beans, but also has a very sweet flavour which produces a super aromatic cup.
In the cup expect amazing lemon, but not fresh lemon: more like a Beechams powder. Don't worry, this doesn't stay for long; then you get summer fruits and a super complex black tea-like floral aftertaste, which goes on and on.
Area: Kochere Debo
Varietal: Kurume and other heirloom varietals
Processing: Fully washed
Altitude: 1,950 - 2,100 m.a.s.l.
Nice and light, a good solid medium roast but nowhere near second crack.
"Quick Look" Guide
Lemon, Beechams powder, summer fruits, clean, black tea, floral.
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