Origin: Ethiopia, Sidama Region, Basha Bekele Farm
Roast Level: Light
Elevation: 2,231 MASL
We Taste: Blueberry Yogurt, Candied Orange, Watermelon Jolly Rancher
Another immaculate coffee sourced by Catalyst Trade, Basha Bekele-the name of the man who owns the farm on which this coffee is grown and thus the name of the farm-impressed judges in Ethiopia's Cup of Excellence competition as much as it did us, which in a country that produces as much specialty coffee as Ethiopia is really saying something. This coffee is exotic yet approachable with loads of sweetness and an acidity that compliments is fruity character. There are no signs of low quality fermentation that can bring out "boozy" characteristics.
From the mouth of Basha Bekele "
“Red Cherries are harvested by hand-picking. This is very labor intensive, and around 86 seasonal and daily laborers are employed for selective harvesting, transporting, sorting and drying. Pickers many a time have to return to the same tree multiple times as coffee cherry doesn’t ripen all at the same time. Carefully harvested cherries are then are loaded into bags or baskets and taken to the drying location. The cherries are spread out in thin layers to dry in the sun. Only special raised drying beds or tables, which are made out of wood posts, are used and covered in bamboo mat. In order to ensure even drying and to avoid mold, fermentation or rotting, the cherries are turned 6 times per day. It could take 15 – 21 days for specific lots to reach optimum moisture content depending on the sun access and temperature. This is determined by observing brightness of the skin and cracking sample dried cherries by teeth. When the drying is complete, the dried cherries are loaded into poly bags and stored in temporary warehouse. It will then ultimately transported to the dry mill and warehouse located at Daye town.” At that point the dried cherry is removed and a phase of pre-cleaning is done by hand before the coffee is loaded into bags for transportation to Addis Ababa for further export preparation at the final dry mill."