Ethiopia Chelbessa Natural
Ethiopia Chelbessa Natural
This Ethiopian coffee stands as a fantastic introduction to Natural processed coffees. With a syrupy, fruity, juicy bean you can enjoy this amazing coffee in the morning, afternoon, or pull an all-nighter with it. Stay Rad! Drink Juno!
Origin | Ethiopia
Region | Worka Chelbessa
Producer | Neguesse Debela
Variety | Heirloom
Process | Natural
Elevation | 1900 - 2200m
Flavor Notes | Floral, Citric, Juicy
NATURAL YIRGACHEFFE CHELBESA GR.2 GEDEO GEDEB
The region of Gedeo in southern Ethiopia is known for the quality of its coffees. The woredas (districts) of Yirgacheffe and Kochere in Gedeo, became the go-to areas for buying sweet, floral, and citiric coffees more than 30 years ago, and the whole region of Gedeo for years was simply classified as "Yirgacheffe" coffee.
Once coffee is delivered to the processing site, it is put on raised beds and sorted for ripeness. The ripe coffee cherries are turned throughout the day by hand to ensure even drying. The drying process takes roughly 15-20, depending on weather.
Yirgacheffe is famous for putting washed coffee on the map in Ethiopia decades ago. People fell in love with the floral and citric profiles that the washing process brought out in the coffees of Yirgacheffe, and almost instantly this small town became famous for its coffee.
Southern Ethiopia, and Yirgacheffe in particular, can get very confusing when figuring out the geographical areas and names. Yirgacheffe is actually the name of a small town, AND the name of a small woreda (district). However, the name Yirgacheffe also became synonymous for coffees coming from a much greater area than just the town or the woreda. Today, Yirgacheffe coffee is mostly from the political boundary area called the Gedeo Zone (named after the Gedeo ethic group). Notably though, a very small amount of coffee labeled as Yirgacheffe comes from the Oromia region that borders the western edge of Gedeo. The Gedeo Zone is broken down into 7 woredas; Dilla, Dilla Zuria, Bule, Wenago, Yirgacheffe, Kochere, and Gedeb.
Gedeb is the southernmost woreda of the Gedeo Zone, and in comparison to other areas, coffee is somewhat newer to this area. Many farms here have only been growing coffee for one or two generations, and much of the coffee is only 20-30 years old. Farms in this area tend to be slightly larger than in the northern part of Yirgacheffe, but are still relatively small- averaging around 1.5 -2 hectares. (However a few larger farms that are 5-20 hectares do exist.)
The Gedeb woreda is home to the coffee producing kebeles (communities) Worka Chelbessa, Worka Sakaro, Banko Dhadhato, Halo Hartume, Harmufo, Gedeb Gubita, Gedeb Galcha, Banko Chelchele, and Banko Gotiti. Fairly recently, the political boundaries of Gedeb grew to include communities north of Gedeb, that were formally a part of Kochere. Those communities are: Mora Layo, Mora, Bisha, Geshe Jeba, Abel, Kedida Gubeta, and Gora Dibandi. These kebeles do not produce a lot of coffee due to their extreme elevation often over 2400 meters.