TASTING NOTES | Tropical Fruits. Plum. Passion Fruit. Butterscotch
This Honey lot was cultivated at Finca Frailes and processed at Palmichal micro-mill. It sparkles in the cup with tropical fruit, cream and a complex sweetness. The cherries for this lot were cultivated on Finca Frailes by three close friends and lifelong coffee producers, Gerardo Calvo, Zaira Marín and William Méndez. The three co-own an
TASTING NOTES | FLORAL . APPLE. LEMON. PLUM. BLACK TEA
We already know that coffee transcends national and international boundaries and Worka Chelichele washing station demonstrates just that. According to political boundaries, the station is in Gedeb Woreda but according to the congruence of microclimates and tastes, the station and the farms that deliver to it are in Yirgacheffe. This Natural from Worka Chelichele station is bursting with the delicate florals, jammy berries and warming chocolates we all know and love from Yirgacheffe.
Farming methods in the region remain largely traditional. Yirgacheffe farmers typically intercrop their coffee plants with other food crops. This method is common among smallholders because it maximizes land use and provides food for their families.
In addition to remaining traditionally intercropped, most farms are also organic-by-default. Farmers in Yirgacheffe typically use very few—if any—fertilizers or pesticides. Most farm work is done manually by the immediate family. To capitalize on the magnificent climate, Worka Chelichele provides training to help farmers produce better quality cherry. Training focuses on procedures for harvesting and transporting cherry.
Farmers selectively handpick cherry and deliver it to Worka Chelichele washing station. At the station, employees hand sort incoming cherry to remove any under- or over-ripes or damaged cherry.
All accepted cherry is then laid to dry in thin layers on raised beds for approximately 21 days. The station has 360 drying beds and each bed is marked with a code that makes it simple to keep track of traceability and processing status.
Country of origin: Ethiopia
Farm name: Worka Chelichele
Location: Gedeb, Yirgacheffe
Producers: Various small farmers
Varieties: JARC varieties, Local lantraces
Harvest & Shipping: Nov-January 2021
Farm Size: 5 hectares on average
SCA Quality Score: 88
Suggested brew method: Filter
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Palmichal micro-mill is an important partner for many specialty coffee producers in the Palmichal, Puriscal, Tarrazu and Frailes micro-regions in Costa Rica. Located in Palmichal, Costa Rica, the micro-mill began in the 2015-2016 harvest with 30 participating farmers participating.
The mill strives to serve farmers who grow unique coffees and quality-conscious importers & micro-roasters. They process cherry using meticulous quality-focused processing techniques. Their small-scale, artisanal model enables them to match coffees from smallholder farmers to roasters with specific quality and process requirements all while maintaining economic and physical traceability.
The mill has patios and elevated beds to enable various kinds of drying. It is able to process coffees as Fully washed conventional and a variety of certifications and grades of Naturals and Honeys. The mill boasts 23 solar panels that generate 5.0 kWp. Due to its modular setup, the micro-mill can easily continue growing to match demand.
The mill’s nursery has over 330,000 plants and counting, making it one of the largest coffee nurseries in the county. The Palmichal nursery sells the plants to producers at cost to make it easier for farmers to renovate their rootstock. It also gives farmers the opportunity to finance against their future crops.
Country of origin: Costa Rica
Location: Frailes, Tarrazu
Producers: Gerardo Calvo, Zaira Marín, William Méndez
Processing: Yellow Honey
Harvest & Shipping: October -March 2021
SCA Quality Score: 87
Suggested brew method: Espresso