We are so excited to share our first official single origin coffee with all of you and goodness gracious is it a good one! Or as Taylor’s grandma used to say, "this one really razzes our berries!"
Stemming from the birthplace of coffee itself, this floral and bright cup is a marvelous example of a classic washed Ethiopia coffee! Grown at an average elevation of 1800 meters above sea level (~6,000ft), this coffee hails from the famous Chelchele washing station located in the district of Kochere, in the Yirgacheffe region of Ethiopia.
The Washing Station
The Chelchele washing station serves hundreds of local multi-generational, small-scale farmers who grow coffee cherries amongst other crops but don’t have their own washing station. These micro-farmers bring their cherries to this central washing station at the end of their harvest (ranging from November-January). Once at the station, the coffee is sorted, weighed and paid for. What’s distinctive about this coffee is we cannot trace the exact cherries to any one farm in particular; rather, it’s a unique assortment of heirloom varietals representing hundreds of local landowner’s hard work!
Aside from the fact that our head roaster, Brandt, had been dreaming of this coffee for nearly two years and singing its praises, we all fell in love with it when we blindly cupped a dozen washed Ethiopia coffees and picked this coffee unanimously as our favorite.
This particular assortment of coffee is floral yet excitedly sweet, unique and enticing, delicate but distinct and most importantly, just down right delicious. Reminiscent of honeysuckle, apricot and blood orange, this floral, tea-like and sweet cup is a pure joy that will certainly entice a dose of nostalgia.
Although we may be going a bit overboard on the description of this coffee, we would be remiss if we didn’t take a moment to tell you at least the short story about coffees birthplace-Ethiopia.
No one knows the exact origin of coffee, but according to the most popular myth discussed by the National Coffee Association (NCA) "coffee grown worldwide can trace its heritage back centuries to the ancient coffee forests on the Ethiopian plateau. Legend says that the goat herder, Kaldi, first discovered the potential of these beloved beans.
The story goes that that Kaldi discovered coffee when he noticed that after eating the berries from a certain tree, his goats became so energetic that they did not want to sleep at night.
Kaldi reported his findings to the abbot of the local monastery, who made a drink with the berries and found that it kept him alert through the long hours of evening prayer. The abbot shared his discovery with the other monks at the monastery, and knowledge of the energizing berries began to spread."
So with that, you are ready to embark on an energy inducing, flavor exploding journey that we invite you on! We hope you enjoy this coffee just as much as we do and Kaldi’s goats once did!