Tasting Notes 

A complex, Tropical fruited cup. Aromas of ripe pineapple, Passionfruit, and Lime. A well structured cup with a citrusy acidity. The fruit slowly fades to chocolate in the finish


Background Info

The coffees of Western Ethiopia are less famous than the eastern regions of Yirgacheffe and Sidamo but some excellent coffees can be found here. It is in these areas that coffee is native to and countless local varieties exist here. Much of this coffee is still casually naturally processed and sold more towards commercial grades than the specialty market.

Even among the legendary players of Ethiopia, Moplaco’s Heleanna Georgalis
and her father, Yiannis, stand out.  Moplaco was founded in 1972 by Yiannis, a third-
generation coffee professional who moved from Greece to Dire Dawa, Harrar, during
WWII. Finding a new home in Ethiopia’s Orthodox community, Yiannis became the
third generation in his family to work with coffee, embracing it with passion, talent,
and dedication. After starting in coffee at age 12, Yiannis became a legendary player in Ethiopian coffee. When he passed away from a heart attack, he passed the Moplaco legacy on to his daughter, Heleanna, who has taken the reins with gusto. 

Heleanna had gone to business school and gotten her MBA as an
investment banker. She had been planning to stay in Europe, but moved back after her father’s death in order to keep the family land. Pushed by Ethiopian law, which does not allow intergenerational land ownership unless the land is consistently in use. She made the choice to take over, and return to Ethiopia to continue
the legacy of coffee in her family. Through years of hard work and meticulous focus, she produces some of the brightest, most complex coffees we’ve ever tasted, and we’re excited to offer her coffee.

Heleanna is known for her love of experimentation and willingness to take risks in order to create a transcendent cup of coffee. Her farming and processing practices are the gold standard, diverse and honed over time. Along with immaculate washed
coffees, her Natural coffees show an exquisite and unique cleanliness, along with a
distinct citric character like lime along with the other fruits they bring to the table.


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  • Continent: Africa
  • Country: Ethiopia
  • Farm: Moplaco Kawo Kamina Farm
  • Process: Natural
  • Region: illubabor
  • Variety: Gemadro, Local varieties

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