Etiopia Yirgachefe – Foge – Dhilgee #4
This is a super classic washed coffee from eastern Yirgacheffe. Foge is a washing station, but they also have a newly planted farm in the area. There are two communities who deliver coffee to this washing station:
- Foge with 418 farmers
- Hafursawaro close to 100 farmers.
Next season coffees from these communities, and lots from the farm, will be divided into separate lots. This particular lot of Foge is a blend of coffee from both communities and the farm.
The coffee is produced organically, but it is not certified by us this year. The coffee is traditionally produced with depulping, wet fermentation and sun-dried on raised beds. They have lately transformed their production from conventional to specialty.
- Station has sun exposure the whole day.
- Station is located on a hill with cold winds hitting the slope.
- Cherries are delivered mid-day from neighbours and sorted.
- Pulped and fermented for 36 hours or until ready.
- Washed and graded.
- Soaked for 6 hours in clean water.
- Dried on beds for 13-15 days depending on winds and temperature.
We started to work with this family in 2019. They are a producer family living in Yirgacheffe town, and have six washing stations in Yirgacheffe and Guji. The family’s export business, Kanketi Coffee, was founded by their father. The siblings Tsedenia and Fikadu both grew up in Yirgacheffe, immersed in coffee their entire lives.
The coffee varieties 74110 and 74112, were developed in the 1970’s at the Jimma Agricultural Research Center (JARC) for resistance to the coffee berry disease. These two varieties begin with “74” to indicate their cataloging and selection in 1974.
Variety 74110 was selected from an original “mother tree” in the Bishari village, Metu Province, Illuababora zone, Oromia region. 74110 trees are short and compact, with small leaves, cherries, and beans.
Variety 74112 also originates in the Metu-Bishari forest. Its trees, too, are small and compact.
Both varieties were seen as great yielding trees, and therefore, instead of only keeping the variety in Jimma, where it thrived the best, the Ethiopian government decided to donate seeds from these varieties to coffee farming regions all over the country. That is why these are the most widespread varieties in Ethiopia to this date.
Kanketi is a family run company. This second generation has a new vision and is exploring ways to improve the business and the livelihoods of the farmers it serves.
The coffees have wonderful potential and can taste great. As this coffee rests and develops it can be a great value as a classic floral filter or baseline espresso as it have the very traditional and classic Yirgacheffe profile.