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Country:Ethiopia
Region:Kochere
Producer:Reko Station
Farm:Reko (wet mill)
Number of Farmers:850 Small Farms
Altitude:6,070–6,900 ft.
Varietals:Dega, Wolisho and other varieties
Harvest:December, 2017
Soil:Fertile, red-brown loamy soil
Production Method:Traditional washed, 36-48 hour fermentation

$17.50

12 ounce

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Country:Ethiopia
Region:Kochere
Producer:Reko Station
Farm:Reko (wet mill)
Number of Farmers:850 Small Farms
Altitude:6,070–6,900 ft.
Varietals:Dega, Wolisho and other varieties
Harvest:December, 2017
Soil:Fertile, red-brown loamy soil
Production Method:Traditional washed, 36-48 hour fermentation
Reko returns!

Reko is a privately owned wet mill, which came to the attention of a major quality coffee exporter via samples that were blindly cupped and found to be truly exceptional (2014). We in turn received a sample and enthusiastically concurred. Reko is situated in Kochere, one of the higher coffee regions of Ethiopia. This is classic Yirgacheffe – light bodied and very floral.

Reko buys coffee cherry from surrounding farmers at a price set by the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange. Small farmers whose plots average a little less than two acres bring their coffee cherries to the private washing station. Here the ripe-only hand-picked coffee fruit is skin-stripped and the remaining fruit-coated beans allowed to ferment for around 36 to 48 hours, depending on the weather. When the fruit coating is ready to come off, the beans are thoroughly washed in concrete channels with wooden rakes. Thye are then sorted and dried on raised racks for about 10 to 12 days.

There is no single variety in the Yirgacheffe coffee area; instead ancient prototypical varieties that have been selected locally by choice and happenstance from the surrounding forests have been blended to produce a unique expression of terroir and plant variety. One of these varieties is called Kurume and in cuppings has been found to be particularly outstanding in cup value. Farmers cannot plant new or different varieties by law.

$17.50

12 ounce

   BAG(S)