Apricot, Mandarin Orange, Jasmine
Producer: Reko Washing Station
Region: Kochere, Yirgacheffe
Varietal: Kurume, Heirloom
Elevation: 1850-2100 masl
This is our 3rd release of Ethiopian Series that we sourced thru our new importner partner, Trabocca. Every year, they receive thousands of samples at their Amsterdam office. In December 2013, during a blind cupping, they found this washed Yirgacheffe from a small washing station stood out because of its pronounced aroma of peach, mango, and other stone-fruits.
Reko washing station was established by Masreshu Sima. The washing station is named after Reko-Mountain, a tall and skinny mountain that towers above the hills of Kochere. Reko, translated in Afaan Oromo, means challenge, it refers to the challenge of climbing the Reko-mountain.
Harvest took place between late October and mid-January, around 850 farmers bring their red cherries to the washing station. The Reko washing station is an example for neighbouring washing stations, they sustain coffee communities and deliver amazing coffee, year after year.
Incoming coffee is washed with water from a nearby river, after which are pulped with an old Agard pulping-machine. The mucilage is removed by traditional fermentation, which lasts 36-48 hours depending on the weather conditions. The coffee is then dried on raised African beds for 10-12 days.