ETHIOPIA // KOCHER

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Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy. These summer days feel like the perfect time to enjoy drinking a coffee like this. Floral & sweet, with notes of bergamot, honeydew and lemon.
 

Grown without the use of chemical fertilizers (like most coffee in Ethiopia), this coffee is organic regardless of having no certification. It's a luscious and complex heirloom coffee which, for us stood out amongst the best coffees from this years crop. The Kochere district is a few kilometers south of Yirgacheffe in the Gedeo Zone. Coffees from this region are world renown and without a doubt some of the best we've ever tasted. 

Most coffee in Ethiopia is traded through the ECX system, which limits our traceability when compared to most of our other coffees. The good news is, a recent bill has been drafted by the Ethiopian Coffee & Tea Development and Marketing Authority that will entirely overhaul the way that Ethiopian coffee is marketed and sold. The aim is to limit black market dealings, to demand higher prices and to enable Ethiopian producers to share in a greater piece of the pie. As an added bonus, it will hopefully make it easier and entirely legal to get traceability on the coffees that buyers purchase.
Until then, here is a general rundown of how the ECX chain works:

 

  • Farmers deliver cherry to local wet mills. Some wet mills pay a premium for better quality cherry, some do not.
  • Coffees are labeled with a region and then are graded based both on physical qualities as well as cup quality. Higher quality coffee fetches a higher price. (this one is grade 1, which is the best)
  • Coffee is categorized into 81 generic grades of coffee at the ECX: Processing: Washed, Un-washed, Region: Yirgacheffe, Sidama, Limu, etc. Flavor: A (Representative of region's cup characteristics) B (Less so), Grade: 1-9 (defect count)
  • Tracibility on the coffee an exporter purchases coffee through the ECX will, at most, be labelled as “Yirgacheffe: Konga” or “Sidama: Borena.”

*Please note, postage is £3 flat rate, or free for orders over £25.*

 

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