Varietal: Heirloom Blend
Region: Adame Kebele, Yirgacheffe
Altitude: 1950 - 2100m
Harvest: Nov 22
The Cappuccino Kid says...
"This Ethiopian is a grade Zero, and wow the resulting coffee is as clean as an unused whistle. And like a whistle this coffee blows all top notes; Jasmine, Honeysuckle, Lavender - its like your grandmas pot potpourri, only not "
About Grade Zero
Grade Zero coffee was finally launched in 2021 as a result of several years of trial and error in a collaboration between Royal Coffee Importers of Oakland California and BNT Industry and Trading PLC. The concept was to design a near perfect rendition of top micro lots from Southern Ethiopia, presenting even cleaner and better coffees than the grade 1 top of the line certification. After floating, depulping, meticulous washing and drying the coffee is rested, before the parchment coffee is treated to extra sorting steps at the dry mill. Including but not limited to, additional passes through the optimal sorting machines and a slower more meticulous hand sorting by the mill's highly skilled team. These extra steps lead to the cleanest of clean coffee.
The Adame washing station is an independent processing site in the famed Yirgacheffe area. One of 8 woredas (districts) that make up the dense and competitive highland zone of Gedeo. Gedeo itself, though a large and complex producing region for coffee, is often commercially referred to as Yirgacheffe, after the Yirga Cheffe district whose famed coffee terroir brought notoriety to the entire zone. The Adame washing station was originally constructed in 2013 and employs a processing staff of around 250 people during the Harvest months.
About Ethiopian Heirlooms Varietals
Ethiopia is the birthplace of all coffee and accounts for 10% of the country’s GDP. Ethiopia contains more coffee biodiversity than any other producing region with over 100 different and unique varietals now confirmed. Some estimates put the number of regional landraces in Ethiopia at over 10,000 varieties, many of which have not been individually cataloged. Also, coffee growers use hybrid varieties developed by JARC (Jimma Agricultural Research Centre). These varieties are more resistant to pests and often provide higher yields.
Unlike other producing countries however it is almost impossible to source single varietal coffee lots. In Ethiopia all lots, no matter which one of the indigenous varieties they are, are mixed together and graded based on quality under the watchful control of the ECX. As a result almost all Ethiopian coffees are blends of the many Ethiopian varieties, and referred to as 'Ethiopian Landrace' or "heirloom varietals"