Mijane Werasa, Ethiopia

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COFFEE TASTING NOTES FOR MIJANE WERASA, ETHIOPIA

apricot, molasses, candied citrus peel, florals, black tea

 

COFFEE BACKGROUND FOR MIJANE WERASA, ETHIOPIA

Some of the best washed coffees we have tasted over the past four years have come from Gedeb, a locality in the Gedeo zone of Ethiopia. Mijane Werasa is a washing station in Gedeb where this offering was collected. 

The process looks like this: 

Local farmers around Mijane Werasa sell their freshly harvested cherries to the washing station. The washing station depulps, ferments, and washes the coffee for approximately 36 hours after purchase. Then, the coffee dries under the sun for seven to 12 days. At this point, the coffee is collected into a lot which may be comprised of a day or more of coffee purchased from this one area. 

Next, the coffee is brought to the local Ethiopian Commodities Exchange office where it is cupped, graded, and given a taste profile. The coffee is then available for purchase through an auction system or directly by an exporter such as Moplaco, our partner. Moplaco dry mills, sorts, and polishes the coffee in their extremely detailed system. Heleanna, the owner of Moplaco, is rumored to have said she can turn a Grade 2 coffee into a Grade 1 just by their sorting and polishing techniques. We have no reason to doubt this claim as their coffees are always amazing and their facilities and staff are the best we know in Ethiopia.

This harvest has the classic flavor profile of a washed coffee. Floral and citrus notes are complemented with hints of sweet molasses.

2020 MOPLACO VISIT

In early 2020, we visited the headquarters of Moplaco in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. There, we selected this fantastic offering from Mijane Werasa. It was sourced by Moplaco through the ECX and taken through their amazing sorting and dry milling process. In addition, we visited the Sheka Forest in the west of Ethiopia where Moplaco has an incredible farm called Kawo Kamina. We look forward to offering that coffee in just a month or two and continuing to work with Moplaco over the next many years to bring you the best natural and washed Ethiopian coffees.

Country:
Ethiopia
Region:
Gedeb, Gedeo
Altitude:
1900 – 2100 MASL
Process:
Washed
Variety:
Local landraces
Harvest:
October 2019 – January 2020
Relationship Length:
4th Harvest
Sourcing Partners:
Moplaco (dry mill & exporter), CCS (importer)
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