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Kore is the village, orkebele,where this coffee is grown and processes, in the Kochere "district" orworedawithin Yirgacheffe. Kore is about 25 kilometers from the center of Yirgacheffe Town. The coffee is picked between November and January. The soils in this region are red-brown clay soil, about 1.5 meters deep.

Kochere is southwest of the town of Yirgacheffe and near a little village of Ch'elelek'tu. Kochere coffees have a strong fruit tea–like note that comes along with the citrus and stone fruit. When this is combined with processing as a natural, the result is expressed as red currant, lime, and raspberry lemonade.

Aside from its near-legendary status as the "birthplace" of Arabica coffee, there is much to love about Ethiopia as a producing nation, including but not limited to the incredible diversity of flavor and character that exists among microregions, specifically within the southwestern Gedeo Zone of Yirgacheffe within the region of Sidama—areas whose names alone conjure thoughts of the finest coffees in the world. Coffee was literally made to thrive in the lush environment Yirgacheffe’s forests provide, developing nuanced floral characteristics, articulate sweetness and sparkling acidity. However, coffee has also adapted to the more arid climate of Harrar, in the northeast of the country; the varieties planted there have historically had more chocolatey, rich undertones.

Processing, of course, also plays a significant part in what makes Ethiopian coffees distinct—both distinctly Ethiopian, as well as distinct from one another, washed or natural.

Ethiopian Yirgacheffe

  • Country: Ethiopia

    Region: Kore, Kochere, Yirgacheffe

    Farm: Various smallholder farmers delivering to Kochere Washing Station

    Variety: Heirloom Ethiopian varieties

    Altitude: 1790–1900 masl

    Proc. Method: Natural

    Harvest Schedule: November–January

  • Mild and smooth with cedar flavor.