Ethiopia | Yirgacheffe Kochere


FARM: Kochere Beloya Washing Station
REGION: Kochere District, Yirgacheffe
ALTITUDE : 1699 - 1719 MASL
VARIETAL : Indigenous heirloom
PROCESS : Natural Anaerobic (120 hours)


Kochere Beloya washing station is located in Kochere district in the Yirgacheffe region. The station processes cherries from local smallholder farmers situated in the hills that surround it. The station includes 12 standardised fermentation tanks and 136 drying beds. Coffee trees are typically shaded by Cordia and Acacia and the predominant varietals are known locally as Kumie, Diga and Wilsho.


Shade grown cherries are delivered to the mill for sorting, with only the ripest cherries selected. The cherries are then fermented in sealed tanks for 120 hours, then sun dried for up to 21 days. During the drying process, the cherries are covered between 12pm and 3pm to protect them from sun damage, and then again at night to protect them from rainfall and moisture. Once sufficiently dried, the coffee is milled, graded and sorted before being handpicked and bagged for export through the port of Djibouti.  

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 the world. The combination of high altitude, fertile soils, 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 are responsible for the unique flavour notes which make for an unusual but refined cup.