Ethiopia

Chelelectu

Released February 2, 2015

Tasting notes

Concord grape (grape jelly), tea
Light bodied with bright acidity

Our first Brew Crew coffee release comes from a small private wetmill in the community of Chelelectu in Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia.

Ethiopia is quite literally the birthplace of the varieties of coffee that we’re going to be sharing with you as part of your subscription.

This is an Ethiopian Heirloom coffee, which means rather than being one varietal of coffee it’s actually a mix of the natively growing varietals of the area.

It’s this mix that gives it the complexity that’s a signature of Ethiopian coffee. The genetic diversity in Ethiopian coffee farms also gives them greater resistance to pests and disease which leads to less use of pesticides.

Producers

This coffee comes from 700 smallholders, mainly small family plots of both recently planted trees of improved varietals and traditional old varieties.

Processing

Cherries are hand sorted for unripes and overripes by the farmers before they go in to production. A machine called a pulper removes the skin and pulp. The coffees are then fermented under water for 24–36 hours, depending on the weather conditions. It’s then graded in washing channels in to two grades based on density, and soaked under clean water in tanks for 12-24 hours. They are then sun dried for 10–15 days days on raised drying beds on hessian cloths, which allows for air movement around the coffee.

Country

Ethiopia

Region

Gedeo, Yirgacheffe

Altitude

1950m above sea level

Varietals

Ethiopian Heirloom

Process

Washed

Map showing location of Ethiopia Chelelectu


What makes up Ethiopia Chelelectu?

Varietals

Ethiopian Heirloom varietal

The Ethiopian Heirloom name is used to describe indigenous heirloom varieties resulting from cross-breeding between species and varietals rather than stemming from one particular variety.

The location

Coffee from Ethiopia

Seen as the birthplace of domesticated coffee, there not many more exciting times at the Sample Roastery as when our fresh Ethiopian lots arrive. There’s a lot to love about Ethiopian coffee


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.

9 brew notes from Sample Brew Crew

Coffee delivery: coffee in resealable bag and farm information card

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