Natural coffees from Yirgacheffe continue to be some of the most popular single-origins. These are truly amazing coffee varietals which taste unique to most anything else in the world.
This coffee is sourced from family-owned farms organized around the Kokanna coffee mill located in the Gedeb District, Ethiopia. Ethiopia, the homeland of coffee, has a unique coffee producing system in which most of the coffee is grown organically (although not certified). Small coffee farmers deliver ripe cherries to the Kokanna mill where the cherries are sorted and immediately placed on raised beds and dried over a period of 15 to 20 days. The raised drying beds are carefully constructed to ensure proper air circulation and temperature control for an optimal drying process. Cherries are also turned regularly on the beds to prevent damage during the drying process.
This natural processing allows the beans to retain a high sugar content and allows the maturation of various esters and fruit flavors that are signature of Ethiopian natural processing.
GROWER: Smallholder farmers organized around the Kokanna coffee mill
REGION: Gedeb District, Gedeo Zone, Ethiopia
ALTITUDE:1,800 – 2,000 meters
PROCESS: Full natural and dried on raised beds
VARIETY: Indigenous heirloom cultivars
HARVEST: October – December
FLAVOR NOTES: Blackberry, Caramel, Pineapple