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ETHIOPIA CHELBESSA YIRGACHEFFE

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TASTING NOTES | STRAWBERRY. APRICOT. HAZELNUT. BLACK TEA

Country of origin: Ethiopia

Farm name: Chelbessa Washing Station

Location: Gadeb, Yirgacheffe

Producers: Chelbessa Washing Station

Altitude: 2000masl

Varieties: JARC Varieties, Local Landraces

Processing: Fully Washed

Harvest & Shipping: Oct-March 2022

Farm Size: 9 hectares

SCA Quality Score: 85

Suggested brew method: Filter


This delicious Organic Certified lot is everything we want from a coffee grown in Ethiopia’s famous Yirgacheffe region to be. Chelbessa Washing Station, where this coffee was processed, is fairly new to the coffee landscape in Yirgacheffe. Nonetheless, this family-owned and operated washing station is producing exceptional coffees on par with some of the region’s most renowned and established outfits.

Farmers in this region have farmed coffee for generations upon generations. They are true specialists and are committed to using the best chemical-free cultivation methods. These cultivation methods result in an already stand-out product, and Chelbessa makes the most of this by adhering to stringent post-harvest standards. It’s an added bonus that this coffee is Organic, too. 

All coffee is selectively hand-harvested before being delivered to the washing station. At the washing station, Chelbessa’s team ensures that only the ripest cherries are processed. After being sorted, coffee is pulped and then fermented for 24 to 36 hours, depending on the weather conditions. Once fermentation is complete, the parchment is thoroughly washed in clean water and sent through grading channels, which separate each lot into two grades based on density. Once graded, the coffee is soaked in clean spring water in tanks for 12 to 24 hours to remove all traces of fermented mucilage.  

Once parchment is fully washed and soaked, it is laid to dry on raised beds for 10 to 14 days. During this time, the parchment is regularly turned and is hand-sorted several times to remove any damaged or discolored beans. Drying parchment is covered with plastic tarps during the hottest hours of the day to protect the parchment from drying too quickly. Equally, it is covered overnight to prevent condensation from seeping into the drying parchment. This labor and love result in a truly exquisite cup profile.