Single Origin Sun-Dried Ethiopia
Tiqiset Wakqo has a small but abundant coffee farm (roughly 20 acres) in Idido, a sub-city in the Yirgacheffe district of Southern Ethiopia. We were able to grab 53 bags of his yield this year, where it was processed at the Abebe Muligeta Mill. Until recently, coffee grown by smallholders and co-ops in Ethiopia were required to be sold through the ECX, where lots were classified by general region, quality (Grade 1–5), and stripped of most of their traceability. In March of 2017, the prime minister of Ethiopia approved a reform allowing co-operatively owned washing stations to export their coffee directly, which allows for separation of top coffee lots, higher prices for farmers, and increased recognition for the best quality coffees in Ethiopia.
Despite being a relatively small coffee growing region, Yirgacheffe has been able to establish itself as one of the most recognized names in the coffee trade largely due to the naturally exceptional conditions under which coffee is grown and handled there. Unlike much of the coffee-growing world, where coffee shrubs must be tended to with the utmost care, Southern Ethiopia’s high elevation and climate are ideal for the plant, which can be found growing wild throughout the region. The genetic diversity of local Arabica varieties contributes to both flavor complexity and the species’ survival.
We are really enjoying this coffee’s silky body, milk chocolate sweetness, and fruit punch juicyness!
Farmer: Tiqiset Wakqo
Farm: 8 hectares in Idido, Yirgacheffe
Elevation: 2042 meters
Flavor Notes: fruit punch, milk chocolate, silky body
Our roast days are Mondays and Thursdays