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Boji Espresso 155,-

Tim's Notes

Although this coffee is produced close to the Hunkute cooperative that we have been buying coffee from for a long time, it has a very different flavour profile. The coffee from the Boji washing station is very intense with loads of jammy apricot flavours and an interesting hoppy, floral and tropical fruit note like you might find in craft IPA beers. As with all our light roasted espressos, I recommend pouring this in to a larger cup so that you can appreciate the intense aromas more and letting it cool down slightly before drinking it. That way you will find the espresso much sweeter and with more intense flavours.

Weight

250g

Flavour notes

Apricot, hops & red grapefruit

Producer

Several smallholders farmers

Harvest

December 2017

Origin

Boji, Kochere, Ethiopia

Roast profile

Espresso roast

Growing conditions

1900 – 2100 masl. Various trees are used to give shade for the coffee trees.

Wet mill

Boji

Cultivar

Ethiopian Heirloom

Process

Cherries are hand picked by the smallholder farmers in the surrounding area of the wet mill. After harvest the coffee cherries are hand sorted to get rid of unripes and overripes before the cherries are delivered for processing. The coffee cherries are de-pulped and then the parchment coffee with its mucilage is fermented under water for about 48 hours. After fermentation, the coffee is washed and graded in washing channels before it gets soaked under clean water in tanks for another 24 hours. After soaking, the coffee is dried under full shade for up to 30 days on African drying beds where the parchment is constantly being revolved and sorted for defects.

Origin

More info

Ethiopia is known as the birthplace of coffee. There is more than 1.1 million coffee farmers (smallholders) representing 95% of the production. The cultivars in production are referred to collectively as Ethiopian Heirloom, which is a myriad of local native cultivars and new and improved cultivars. This coffee is from a privately owned wet mill in Kochere, called Boji, after the kebele where it is located. The wet mill is owned by Israel Degfa, who owns thirteen washing stations and a farm, across the South and South West of Ethiopia. In previous years the production at these washing stations has been focused on quantity rather than quality but in recent years Israel has shifted his focus and partnered up with the green coffee importing company Nordic Approach. Together they are working on improving the quality of processing across his washing stations. Israel is working with registered farmer groups and are in the process of making this mill Rainforest Alliance certified. When the coffees are delivered by the smallholder farmers they get a first payment based on the quantity they deliver. After the coffee is sold, the farmers receives a second payment that is reflected by the price the coffee was sold for. Israel is also working on other quality improvements such as shade drying the parchment coffee, floating and sorting of coffee cherries prior to processing, improving cultivars by giving seedlings to farmers as well as farmer training programs. We are working on developing relationships with a farm or a group of farmers in Ethiopia much like we are working in Central and South-America, but until then we have to rely on our friends and green coffee importer Nordic Approach and other importers when we buy coffees from Ethiopia.

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