Varietal: Ethiopian Heirlooms
Region: Bensa, Sidama
Harvest: Feb 2022
The Cappuccino Kid says...
"An outstanding naturally processed coffee from the tiny Ethiopian village of Hayissa Olocho in the famed and now approaching legendary municipality of Keramo in Bensa Sidama. Due to their unique flavor profile Keramo lots are fully separated from other Sidama lots. Expect Passion Fruit Candy, a ginger candy spice and grape soda with intense bergamot and botanicals. This is a coffee not to miss."
Hand picked at peak ripeness. Floated to remove further defects. The cherries are then laid out on raised beds to naturally dry in the sun. The raised beds increase airflow around the whole fruit allowing for more even drying. To prevent bruising and thus spoiling of the cherry the fruit is steadily moved, raked and turned throughout the day. The drying process takes around 3 weeks. After ideal moisture content is achieved cherries are sent to mills for hulling.
About Hayissa Olocho and Keramo Coffee
Along treacherous, barely paved roads that pass through the bustling town of Daye Bensa in Sidama is the village of Keramo. A town now famous in the coffee world for its herbal/botanical forward flavor profile, often compared to the gin and tonic of coffees. Catalyst trade who sourced this coffee have been working with coffees from Kermao since 2015. Coffees from Kermo until Catalyst insisted otherwise were lumped in together with other coffees from Sidama. Now seperated with full traceability back to the village these coffees are incredibly sought after. The village of Hayissa Olocho sitting at between 1900 & 2300m asl and with fertile loamy clay soil is blessed for high quality coffee production. With only 30 drying tables it's remarkable that they managed to produce 148 bags of washed and natural coffees this last harvest.
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 60 different and unique varietals now confirmed. 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 60 plus 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."