Espresso Single Origin: Chirra

$19.00

Country Of Origin: Ethiopia
Region: Gera, Jimma
Process: Washed

Varietal: Heirloom
Altitude: 1960-2050
Flavour Note: Red apple, milk chocolate, earl grey 

In Gera District, we have partnered with the Faysel and Nazif Washing Station to produce this lot. The station serves 750 smallholder producers, collecting their coffee in cherry and processing it uniformly at the mill. The coffee is first depulped
and fermented underwater for 24–36 hours. Then it is washed and laid on raised beds under a shade cover to dry. The drying takes 10–12 days.

Aside from its near-legendary status as the "birthplace" of Arabica coffee, there is much to love about Ethiopia as a producing nation, including but not limited to the incredible diversity of flavor and character that exists among microregions, specifically within the southwestern Gedeo Zone of Yirgacheffe within the region of Sidama—areas whose names alone conjure thoughts of the finest coffees in the world. Coffee was literally made to thrive in the lush environment Yirgacheffe’s forests provide, developing nuanced floral characteristics, articulate sweetness and sparkling acidity. However, coffee has also adapted to the more arid climate of Harrar, in the northeast of the country; the varieties planted there have historically had more chocolatey, rich undertones.

Processing, of course, also plays a significant part in what makes Ethiopian coffees distinct—both distinctly Ethiopian, as well as distinct from one another, washed or natural.

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 escaped 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.

Greater traceability allows us to buy more directly from the same washing stations year in and year out, and opens the potential for partnerships on a more micro level, with individual farmers or smaller groups within a community, to select out special lots.

Cafe Imports is proud to offer a variety of Ethiopian coffees—an inventory not simply diverse in flavor, but that also represents the various relationships and buying practices that exist within coffee's native region.
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Espresso Single Origin: Isimbi

$19.00

Country Of Origin: Rwanda
Region: Western Province
Process: Washed

Varietal: Bourbon, typica
Altitude: 1700 - 1900
Flavour Note: Coco, dried cherry, raisin

Nyakarenzo washing station lies in the Rusizi district, Rwanda’s most southwestern region. The region borders DR Congo and Burundi and has a shoreline along Lake Kivu. The washing station lies close to the Cyamudongo natural highland forest. Average elevation in the region is 1924 meters above sea level. Yet, the washing station lies a lot lower than the farms that produce its coffee. This makes it easier for the producers to carry their coffee cherries down after the day’s harvest. Placing the station down the hill also facilitates the water supply to the station from the nearby river network. On a farm level, the orientation of the farms in the hills means that the coffee trees catch a lot more sun hours than the washing station itself. The drying field of the station has less direct exposure to sunlight, which slows down the coffee drying process.

Since the drying capacity of this washing station is very limited and the conditions are not suitable to produce volume, Nyakarenzo naturally took the course of specialty production. The capacity of the station is smaller, so the quality of the total production is easier to control. To start with, the washing station puts great focus on cherry selection starting at the intake point. The manager that oversees the cherry reception strictly controls which cherries are accepted for processing. He checks the quality through flotation because not all quality issues are visible. Next, he submits every batch of cherries to a visual inspection to detect insect damage or other unwanted elements. The quality of the batch is noted so that the producer will receive payment in line with the quality of the cherries and volume he delivered that day.

In the evening, the station will start processing the receipts of that day
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Espresso Single Origin: San Francisco

$22.00

Country Of Origin: Colombia
Region: El Tambo
Process: Black Honey

Varietal: Caturra
Altitude: 2100
Farmer/Producer/Mill: Diego Fernando Lopez
Flavour Note: Blackcurrant, stewed apricots, manuka honey

Passionate about coffee; Diego Lopez is dedicated to producing the best coffee possible and is interested in new approaches in coffee processing. This lot is an exceptional example of what he is capable of. This is a ‘black honey’ processed coffee.

The process follows a meticulous regime of de-pulping without water then it is fermented aerobically and again without water it is prepared for drying. It is then placed on raised beds under heavy shaded covering which slows down the drying time. This results in parts of the inner layer of the coffee cherry (mucilage) to remain on the bean. The remaining mucilage then turns a rich dark molasse and honey colour. Diego explains that it produces a more natural flavour because of less human intervention.

This aligns with our belief that all we can do is 'take away' from the perfection found within the coffee cherry in its raw form. So look for blackcurrant and stewed apricots on the front and a complex manuka honey finish. Through all the effort and detail that goes into producing coffee, Diego always comes back to how the consumer might perceive it. He hopes this coffee can challenge preconceived notions of what coffee can taste like.

Brew with Love! 

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$22.00