Three years ago we had this delicious coffee in our roastery. When we were in Ethiopia at the beginning of the year, we were completely blown away by the quality of the new harvest at the first ‘slurp’, so we really wanted to bring this coffee back to Hamburg, even though we had actually already decided on a new coffee from the Sidama region had.
Werka is the name of the village where this coffee comes from. It is located at 2000m altitude in the Nensebo district in West Arsi. On average, the farmers here only have two hectares of land on which they grow coffee in addition to maize, bananas and grain. During the harvest between the beginning of November and mid-January, around 700 farmers bring their cherries to the Testi West Arsi Washing Station, owned by Faysel A. Yonis, for processing. He is known to pay the farmers higher prices for their coffee cherries than usual – there is an extra premium for particularly ripe cherries. In addition, the Yonis family works closely with the farmers to continuously improve the quality of the coffee. Your washing stations are well managed and they produce super clean coffees. In addition to the careful preparation of sensational specialty coffees, they are also very involved in the community around their washing stations. They build schools, support them financially and try to improve the living conditions of the farmers, for example by giving them access to clean water and electricity.
This coffee is a mix of different original Ethiopian varieties, which are summarized under the name “Heirloom” in Ethiopia. The cherries are washed and processed. This means that the cherries are peeled first, then the pulp is loosened from the beans in 48 hours by fermentation, then the beans are washed again with fresh water from the nearby river in so-called washing channels. Finally, they are placed on African Beds, on which they dry for around 12 days, while they are continuously moved and sorted. The result is a super clean, juicy, complex and delicate coffee that tastes like black tea with lemon and a hint of jasmine.
You can find out more about the origin and preparation of coffee on our blog.