Chelchelie - Natural Yeast Process 350g (Ethiopia)
Region: Gedeb, Yirgacheffe
Process: Natural Yeast
Variety: Indigenous heirloom
Producer: Worka Chelchelie Washing Station
Altitude: 1945 - 1970m
Importer: Olam Coffee
Crop Year: 2021
Please note: We roast and package our coffee to order every Monday for postage the following Wednesday. To ensure we get your order in time, please place them before 9am on Monday.
Shade grown cherries are delivered to the mill for careful sorting, to select only the ripest. The cherries are then fermented in sealed tanks with added yeast cultures, then dried in the sun on raised African beds for up to 21 days. In the daytime they are raked and turned periodically to ensure a consistent drying process. The cherries are covered between 12pm and 3pm to protect them from sun damage and at night time to protect it from rainfall and moisture. Once the coffee has dried to the right level it is milled, graded, sorted and thoroughly handpicked, before being bagged in GrainPro for export from the port of Djibouti.
Worka Chelchelie washing station is located in Gedeb district in the Yirgacheffe region and processes cherries from local smallholder farmers cultivating between 1,945 and 1,970masl. The station includes 12 standardised fermentation tanks and 360 drying beds. Coffee trees are typically shaded by Cordia and Acacia and the predominant varietals are known locally as Kumie, Diga & Wilsho.
Over a number of years the Yirgacheffe region has developed a distinguished reputation for fine coffees, producing some of the most sought-after microlots in world. The combination of high altitude (up to 2,200m in some areas), fertile soil, consistent and plentiful rains, and an abundance of local knowledge are all contributing factors to the high status of Yirgacheffe coffees. The indigenous ‘heirloom’ varietals - which grow wild in Ethiopia - are responsible for the unique flavour notes which make for an unusual but refined cup. When processed naturally through sun-drying these present as juicy and jammy stone-fruit flavours, floral notes and chocolate with a creamy body.