PRODUCER: Around 1000 smallholder farmers
LOCATION: Limu, Kossa
ALTITUDE: 1650-2000 m.a.s.l.
VARIETY: Local heirloom
This coffee is produced by around 1000 smallholder farmers belonging to the Limu Inara Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union, delivering their coffee cherry to either the Tencho or Welinso washing stations in the Limu Kossa woreda of western Ethiopia.
Known as the birthplace of coffee, Ethiopia has nearly 1.1 million farmers providing coffee for export. Most are smallholders, growing varieties known as indigenous Ethiopian heirloom: a myriad of Typica hybrids, and some newer varieties based on old Typica strains. The coffee is from the same zone as our previously released Yukro cooperative, and both Tencho and Welinso receive assistance from Technoserve, a non-profit organization focusing on agriculture and development.
The farmers deliver coffee cherry to the cooperative, where they are hand sorted before undergoing the meticulous process of producing clean coffee for sale. Ripe cherry is processed using depulping machines to mechanically remove skin, pulp and mucilage. It is then soaked in clean water overnight before it is dried on raised beds - tables with a mesh bottom to allow for air circulation during the drying process.
Milk chocolate aroma, soft mouthfeel with sweet flavours of jasmine, peach and apricot.