Ethiopia – Halo Hartume – Heirloom – Washed


Farmer: Various smallholder farms, Halo Hartume washing station, Yirgacheffe

Washing station operator Ato (“Mister”) Mijane Worassa buys cherries from around 400 smallholders whose coffee plots are located in the lush and green-forested Halo Hartume hills that surround the station (at between 2000 and 2200 metres above sea level). These cherries are then carefully hand sorted, floated, and then fermented under water before being washed and bed-dried. We witnessed for ourselves the diligence of the processing in December 2020 and have sought to buy this coffee ever since. Ato Mijane is supported by his sons to have a positive social impact on their surrounding community, training farmers on the importance of local shade trees, organic compost, and proper selective handpicking.  The coffee trees in the region are young, bearing cherries that are large and full of flavour.

Tasting Notes: Peach, pink grapefruit, guava with a lively lime acidity and a lingering floral finish.

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