Profile: Red Grape, Plum, Lemon, Magnolia
Producer: Various smallholder farmers for Israel Degfa
Region: Uraga, Guji
Sitting on the western border of the infamous Guji zone, Uraga is one of the chief processing sites of Kerchanshe. Kerchanse is owned by Israel Degfa, the largest producer and exporter of coffee in Ethiopia. Coffee is grown in the area surround the Uraga site by small landholding families, with the coffee grown organically due to traditional farming methods passed down through these families. Previously, farmers would take their cherry to the neighbouring Yirgacheffe region, to fetch a higher price; but with the creation of the Uraga site by Israel, this is no longer required. Cherry is delivered to the Uraga site, which hosts both its own wet and dry mill. Naturally processed coffees are hand-sorted, floated and then dried on raised African beds for 15-18 days with consistent turning and coverage during the midday heat.
A pleasing aroma of red grape and stone fruit rises from the grinds. Cocoa joins the fragrance, with subtle floral notes following. In the cup, sweet red grape overwhelms the palate, pleasing and moreish. As the cup cools, darker stone fruit take over, plum and peach providing a delicate sweetness. This is balanced by a lemon acidity. A long, magnolia note finishes the cup.