Tasting Notes: Jasmine, Blueberry & Toffee
Region: Gedeb, Yirgacheffe
Farm: 750 smallholder producers
Altitude: 2,100-2,300m above sea level
Variety: Heirloom Ethiopian varieties
Washing Station: Halu Beriti
Harvest Schedule: October-January
ABOUT THE BEAN
Halu Beriti Washing Station was established in 2014 and serves 750 smallholder producers, who deliver their coffee in cherry form. Natural lots are dried on raised beds for 8–15 days when the weather is sunny or 15–20 days when it is cloudy.
Coffees in Ethiopia are typically traceable to the washing station level, where smallholder farmers—many of whom own less than 1/2 hectare of land, and as little as 1/8 hectare on average—deliver cherry by weight to receive payment at a market rate. The coffee is sorted and processed into lots without retaining information about whose coffee harvest is in which bag or which lot.