Tasting Notes: Black Tea, Honeysuckle, Lemon Custard
Region: Gedeb, Yirgacheffe
Farm: Various smallholder producers delivering to the Halo Fafate Washing Station
Elevation: 2050-2200 masl
Importer: Cafe Imports
Washed Ethiopian coffees are bright, sparkling, mystifying even. That and they are often in a class of their own in terms of of sweetness, clarity, and acidity. Our latest offering from the Halo Fafate Washing Station in Yirgacheffe is full off all of these things that make washed Ethiopian coffees truly beautiful. With pronounced notes of lemon custard and florals that remind us of honeysuckle in full bloom we can't wait to share this coffee with you.
We purchased this coffee through Cafe Imports who sourced the coffee from the Worka Cooperative which operates the Halo Fafate Washing Station in Gedeb. The station serves around 900 smallholder farmers from the local region who mostly grow garden-size plots to supplement their income as well as for personal use.
Due to the way the Ethiopian Coffee Exchange functions, most coffees in Ethiopia are typically traceable to the washing station level. Most of these are supplied by smallholder farms with less than 1/2 hectare and as little as 1/8 hectare of land on average who delivery cherry for a market rate. The coffees are then processed into lots without retaining information on where each coffee was produced.
For more information on how Ethiopian coffees and the sourcing of them has evolved since the ECX began in 2008, check out this resource page from Cafe Imports. We believe in the work they do in building sustainable purchasing relationships with all of their producers, including emerging privately and cooperatively owned farms as well as direct washing-station relationships that will allow increased single-producer traceability.