Country: EthiopiaRegion: Gedeb, Gedeo, YirgacheffeVarietal: 1974-1975 JARC SelectionsProcess: WashedAltitude: 1,900 - 2,200 MASLCupping Notes: Tangerine, Vanilla, Oolong, VelvetyDescription: The kebele (community) of Worka Chelbessa is located in Gedeb, which is the most southern part of the Gedeo region. For the last decade, the area of Worka Chelbessa has become more and more well known for producing spectacular coffees, and this is why this area was one of the first places that coffee producer Neguesse Debela wanted to invest in when he started in coffee a few years ago. In 2017, Neguesse started operating his first site in Worka Chelbessa, but quickly expanded in 2019 by buying another washing station a few kilometers away in a small area sub area of Worka Chelbessa called Danche. The two sites, run by Negusse and his team, execute immaculate washed and natural processed coffees, but also create unique experimental lots in an effort to always keep improving their quality.
The Worka Chelbessa washing station utilizes the traditional underwater fermentation commonly used in Ethiopia, but also in 2021 experimented with dry fermentation as well at Chelbessa. This lot is a combination of both, wet and dry fermentation. In underwater fermentation the coffee is fully submerged in water for 36 to 48 hours normally, but the process can take longer. In dry fermentation the coffee is pulped and left to ferment without being underwater for 36-48 hours. After fermentation the coffee is dried for 10-14 days on raised beds.
We get a clean, typical profile for washed Ethiopian coffee in this lot from Chelbessa, with citric acidity of Tangerine, sweetness of Vanilla, and a velvety body reminiscent of Oolong Tea.