Gedeb produces some of the best coffees in the world, which is why we've been working there for several years. This is our first year working with the Chelchele washing station, and we're very pleased with this cup of peach candy, jasmine pearls, and cantaloupe.
Hand-picked at peak ripeness. Floated to further remove defects. De-pulped. Grade 1 density separated. Fermented underwater for 36 hours. Dried on raised beds for 10-14 days.
As with almost all washing stations in this region, Chelchele collects cherry from around 300 neighboring producing families. Such coffees are often referred to as 'garden coffee', as the vast majority is produced in backyards and small gardens. This is our first year working with Chelchele, and we're excited to see what the future holds!
Ethiopia is widely acknowledged as where coffee originated, and its production continues to represent about 10% of the country’s gross domestic product. DNA testing has confirmed over 60 distinct varieties growing in Ethiopia, making it home to the most coffee biodiversity of any region in the world. Given the tradition of coffee production in Ethiopia and the political interworkings of the Ethiopian coffee trade, it is virtually impossible to get single variety coffee lots from Ethiopia. This is changing, albeit very slowly. Most Ethiopian coffees are blends of the many Ethiopian varieties, and referred to simply as 'Ethiopian Landrace'.
The cost of getting a coffee from cherry to beverage varies enormously depending on its place of origin and the location of its consumption. The inclusion of price transparency is a starting point to inform broader conversation around the true costs of production and the sustainability of specialty coffee as a whole.