Chelbesa village, Yirgacheffe
Organic, Shade Grown
Winey, Cinnamon, Clove, Hibiscus, Pear. Medium acidity, Syrupy body, & Sweet!
Roast Level: Light
Source: Genuine Origin
The Chelbesa kebele (village) is a renowned producing area in Yirgacheffe in the Gedeo Zone of Ethiopia’s Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region (SNNPR). Here, shade-grown coffee thrives under a dense, layered, semi-forest canopy. The Chelbesa wet mill was established in 2019 with the goal of sourcing fresh coffee cherries from hundreds of nearby smallholders.
Natural Processed Ethiopian Coffee
In the natural process, only the ripest coffee cherries are harvested. The entire procedure requires thorough planning because drying naturals is a slow process that can take up to four weeks. Coffee cherries are dried whole, without removing any of the fruit. During this stage, the coffee is turned regularly to increase airflow, support even drying, and prevent spoilage. After the cherries have been dried, the seeds (or coffee beans) are removed from the fruit and prepared for export.
Ethiopian Coffee Varietals
Thousands of different landrace varietals still grow wild in the mountainous forests of Ethiopia. The Jimma Agricultural Research Center (JARC) is working to research and identify unique varietals and strains like Wolisho and Dega, two varieties named after indigenous trees in the region.