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Ethiopia

Arsosala

Special Preparation

Flavours of white peach, jasmine and bergamot
Body     Acidity

Roasted omni for filter and espresso

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Arsosala is a washing station founded in 2015 that currently serves about 1,200 smallholder producers in the Urga woreda (district) of Guji, a beautifully forested area in southern Ethiopia. Before the early 2000s, this region was considered part of Sidama but has since become its own ‘independent’ one.

Growers here tend small coffee gardens at very high altitudes in the rich red soil of the highlands; they often grow other crops as well. As commonly happens in the rest of the country, smallholders deliver their coffee in cherry to the closest washing station—in this case, Arsosala—where their coffee will be sorted, weighed, paid for or given a receipt, and later processed in bulk.

Blending all these cherries (typically separated or tagged per day lots) makes it virtually impossible under normal circumstances to know the producers participating in each bag; that’s why the coffees are sold under and referred to the name the washing station.

The cherries of this lot were picked ripe and de-pulped the same day, then fermented overnight before being washed clean and dried on raised beds (it typically takes the coffee 8–15 days to dry under sun and 15–20 days to dry when there are cloudy skies).

The ‘special preparation’ refers to an additional inspection during hand-sorting stage, just before the fermentation starts, to make sure only the ripest cherries make it to this lot.

 

All the images and information about this coffee and its producers have been kindly shared by the importer, Cafe Imports, and edited by us, Sample Coffee (unless linked to or credited otherwise).

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Producer

1200 Smallholders

Country

Ethiopia

Region

Guji

Altitude

1800-1900m above sea level

Varietals

Heirloom

Process

Washed

Harvested

November 2022

Body

Light

Acidity

Refined

Roast style

Omniroast

The location

Coffee from Ethiopia

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The Yirgacheffe region of Ethiopia

Unique for its floral and highly aromatic coffees. Some our of very favourite and memorable Ethiopian coffees have emerged from this legendary region.

Farm processes

Washed process

Machines are used to remove the flesh from the coffee cherry before being fermented in water, washed again, and finally sun dried. This process tends to result in more distinct, cleaner flavours.

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