Samii (Ethiopia) Coffee - Lot 1 (Chelelectu) 250g
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Altitude: 1900 masl
Process: Fully Washed
Tasting Notes: high florals, red berries, bergamot
This coffee comes from the privately owned communal wetmill in Chelelectu which serves Chelelectu smallholders. They collect and buy cherries from about 650 smallholder farmers who deliver tiny amounts of cherries daily to the wet miller.
On average farmers have a farm size of less than 1 hectare. Most coffees are organic by default as organic compost is common. A farmer can typically have less than 1500 trees per hectare, and 1 tree typically produces cherries equal to less than 100 - 200 grams of green coffee. The cultivars are a mix of local varieties which are referred to collectively as Ethiopian Heirloom. They are a myriad of local native Typica hybrids and new improved varietals based on the old strains.
Whole ripe cherries are hand sorted for unripes and overripes by the farmers before they go into production. They are pulped by a disk pulper and graded in the pulper by density. The parchment is then fermented under water for 24-48 hours, depending on the weather conditions. After which it is graded in the washing channels by water flow that separates the coffee by density. It is then soaked 12-24 hrs in fresh, clean water before it is moved to the drying tables. The coffee is then dried for the first hours under shade after which the parchment is dried in the sun on African drying beds for about 10-12 days, depending on the weather conditions. Coffees are covered in shade nets during midday and at night.
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