||Ethiopia Kaffa Chiri Washed 2012
||Varietals: Ethiopian Heirloom, “Native Kaffa Type”
Chiri is located next to Mankira Forest, which the local people believe to be the true “birthplace of coffee.” In fact, the word 'coffee' is believed by some to have come from the region's name, 'Kaffa' (and you can understand why they might think this), although there are many theories.
Kaffa province is found south west of the capital Addis Ababa, and the region's capital city is Jimma. The region is an ideal agricultural area, growing not just coffee, but also maize and many other cash crops. Although less well known than Sidamo and Yiracheffe, the region is still capable of producing some amazing coffees.
But like everyone, they needed some help to reach their potential. That's why Technoserve, a non-governmental organization (NGO) and not-for-profit-organisation, have been so active in the region, supporting the farmers in setting up washing stations and new cooperative structures.
This project has revealed a new great range of coffee flavours, which are not found elsewhere. Technoserve’s coffee initiative measures the success of the project in the value and quality of the coffees produced, and the farmers' increase in their coffee income. All cooperative members qualify for second payment. This has so far contributed to a significant increase in payment for the local coffee farmers.
Total production in 2011 was about 400 bags. They have a truly unique flavour profile, different from everything else due to their location, altitude, and the native varietals of forest coffees.
In the cup you see that unique profile. Cocoa and dark chocolate collide with stone fruits and blackcurrant, with a spicy pepper finish. A delicious cup from start to finish.
Woreda/Local municipality: Decha
Varietals: Ethiopian Heirloom, “Native Kaffa Type”.
Altitude: 1730 masl
Production: Pulped and mechanically demucilaged, soaked in water and sun dried.
Process: Washed, sun dried about 10 days on African drying beds
Producers: 440 smallholders
Nice and light, a good solid medium roast.
"Quick Look" Guide:
Cocoa, dark chocolate, stone fruits, blackcurrant.
Good Filter: Yes, Good Espresso: Yes
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