Ethiopia - Yirgacheffe -Gedeo, Koke Co-op - Honey- Unroasted
Region/Farm: Yirgacheffe, Gedeo/Koke Cooperative, Small Holders
Farm Certifications: Traditional
Varietals: Heirlooms-Kurume, Dega, Wolisho
Elevation: 5,905 – 7,218 ft.
Roast Level: Light Medium (City)
Processing: Honey Processed
Tasting Notes: Dark Chocolate,
Peach, Raspberry, Tangerine
Coffee grown in the many districts and kebeles of the Gedeo Zone is often referred to as Heirloom varieties, many of which were propagated and distributed to farmers in the last 40 years. Trees grow in red brown fertile soil under the shade of many tree species including Bibira, Cordia Africana, and the subsistence crop Ensete ventricosum.
In the southern region of Ethiopia, farmers pick coffee selectively, harvesting only ripe cherries individually by hand. Pickers rotate among the trees every eight to ten days, choosing only the cherries which are at peak ripeness.
Many pickers average approximately 100 to 200 pounds of coffee cherries a day, which will produce 20 to 40 pounds of coffee beans. Each worker’s daily haul is carefully weighed, and each picker is paid on the merit of his or her work. The day’s harvest is then transported to the processing plant.
The Koke washing station is named for the Koke kebele, or town, where it is located in the Yirgacheffe district of the Gedeo Zone. Ally has a long-standing relationship with the family-owned Koke washing station, which was built in 2011 and has seen many improvements since 2015, when the washing station staff began providing guidance to contributing producers regarding steps to increase coffee quality.
The Koke Honey process begins with coffee dried for two days in cherries, as in the Natural Process. Cherries are then depulped and dried on Koke’s 89 raised beds for 18-21 days. The extra time the mucilage is in contact with the beans adds fruity flavors to the cup profile.
Good body with some nice brightness right upfront, a bit floral on first sip quickly fades into a nice red fruit tone, especially as the cup cools. The floral/fruit is nicely balanced with a spicy chocolate tone with a faint hint of classic Yirg herbal tea like tones. If you enjoy a nice washed Ethiopian as well as natural processed, this will be the cup for you – not overly fruity, just a nice accent with great depth to the darker tones.