Ethiopia Koke Shalaye 250g
Washing: Station: Koke Shalaye
Variety: Jarc Varieties (74110, 7412, 74165)
Altitude: 1950 masl
Cup Notes: Citrus, Caramel, Floral
This lot comes from Koke Shalaye washing station in the Yirgacheffe coffee region of the Gediyo zone. The washing station sits at 1,972 masl and is surrounded by the Fetay river. Cherries are collected from over 3200 participating farmers in the region who cultivate JARC varieties on small plots of land around their houses. JARC varieties are those developed and researched by the (JARC) Jimma Agricultural Research Centre for desirable characteristics, such as greater resistance to disease or increased yield.
Koke Shalaye wash station pays above market price per kg of red cherry, and farmers that bring quality red cherry are paid cash bonuses to promote quality. Coffee is hand-picked before being delivered to mill collection points, usually within 5km of the producers’ homes. Overripe, underripe, or damaged beans are removed before mixing with other lots.
Cherries are de-pulped late in the afternoon and undergo a fermentation process during the night between 18-24 hours. After fermentation, the coffee gets washed before being laid out on the african beds. The top quality lots (like this one) are laid out in shade so they can control the drying which takes 15 days during which the beans are constantly turned. Afterward the coffees get stored in parchment before being transported to Addis for export