Ethiopian coffees are always a win and a delight to roast, not only because of the diversity of notes but also for the experience around the specialty coffee. As the name says "Frutales" which means fruity describes the experience you would have around it.
This lot follows suit with the wave of groups now experimenting with various methods of “anaerobic” processing. It follows all the same steps as a typical naturally processed coffee, except after the coffee is floated, it is placed into special plastic bags, flushed with carbon dioxide and nitrogen gas, and monitored over 3-7 days until fermented adequately (vaires based on mucilage content and environmental conditions). Once the cherries reach the desired pH and color, they are removed from the bags and transferred to drying tables to complete the process. How awesome is that!
Through the purchase of Frutales de Ethiopia, you are supporting over 400 smallholder farmers in the Worka Sakaro Washing Sation is located in the Gedio Zone. These farmers grow their coffee on the steep mountain slopes at approximately 2,000 to 2,200 meters above sea level. The coffee is grown in the shade of Birbira, Corsica Africana, and Ensete Ventricosum trees. The coffee is picked when the cherries are ripe and then dried on raised beds for 18 to 21 days. Once the coffee is dried it is then milled to remove the husks and stored in a local warehouse before being transported for final processing before shipment.