Ethiopia Shale Washing Station

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Region: Yirgacheffe 
Farm: Shale Washing Station
Altitude: 2300-2350 masl
Variety: Heirloom Varieties
Processing Method: Washed Process

As what is widely thought to be the birthplace of coffee, there is no other place in the world that has coffees, or a coffee culture, quite like Ethiopia. Coffee was found naturally growing in forests and cultivated for communal rituals long before European influence turned the coffee plant into a global commodity. For this reason, there are many heirloom varieties of coffee that have a completely different flavor profile to what is often found in coffees from other countries, specifically a highly prized jasmine-like floral note many Ethiopian coffees are known for. As for the culture, coffee is so important in Ethiopia that almost half the coffee produced is consumed internally. Coffees are hand picked and sold, in cherry, to washing stations,where the coffee is further processed. Here is a brief summary of this coffee's origin, courtesy of our import partner, Cafe Imports.


The Shale washing station is located near the town of Worka, in Ethiopia's Yirgacheffe region. This station represents nearly 1,500 nearby smallholder producers that deliver freshly-picked cherries throughout the harvest season. After the cherries are received at the station, they are promptly depulped, graded, and washed in channels before being placed on raised beds to dry for an average period of 10-15 days. 


This offering has all the flavors we have come to expect from a high quality washed processed coffee from Yirgacheffe, with notes of clementine, a medley of berries, and a distinct jasmine tea-like florality, supported by a round body that finishes juicy.


All coffees are available in whole bean only.


We roast and ship on Mondays and Thursdays.  Orders placed Thursday through Sunday at midnight will roast and ship on Monday.  Orders placed Monday through Wednesday at midnight will roast and ship on Thursday.