Farm: Reko Onancho
Variety: Dega, Wolisho, Kurume
A Classic Yirgacheffe coffee. Lemon candy mingles with jasmine in the bouquet. Flavors of apricot and citrus blossoms, fading to green tea in the finish.
In the Kochere District of Yirgacheffe, you will find Reko Mountain. Around 750 small growers bring cherries down from 1800-2200 of this steep mountainside to the nearby Aricha washing station for processing. Coffee here is harvested from November - January. They still grow the classic varieties of Yirgacheffe in this community. Wolisho, Kurume, Dega, along with other local landraces. These local varieties likely contribute to the distinctive attributes floral attributes and tea-like qualities that Yirgacheffe is known for. Different from the Neighboring Guji district which has lots of more recent plantings of more disease resistant varieties selected by JARC in western Ethiopia such as 74110, and 74112.
The Aricha (Adorsi) washing station
The Aricha (also known to some as Adorsi) washing station sat in disrepair for a few years before Faysel Yonis of Tests Coffee purchased it in 2018. Then first coffees from the revived mill were began shipping in 2019. In addition to Coffees from Reko, the mill also sources cherry from the communities of Idido, Aricha, and Gersi. Coffees from each community are kept separate in processing.
The skin of the cherries is removed with a 3 disc pulper and then fermented for 36-48 hours, rinsed, and soaked in clean water for 12 hours. The coffees are dried on shade-covered dried beds for the first 3-5 hours, then in the sun for 10-12 days until the parchment completes drying.