Ethiopia Aricha | washed
Aricha washing station offers complex and floral Yirgacheffe grade-1 coffees. In 2019, just one year after reviving the station, four Aricha coffees made the final selection of The Ethiopian Cup.
Located in prime coffee land (and less than 5 km from the town of Yirgacheffe), the washing station is in reach of several coffee-growing communities – Aricha, Reko, Gersi, Naga Singage, and Idido. Everything is perfect for coffee here – the farmer community is experienced, the soil is fertile, the mountains and forests provide the ideal microclimate – and yet the Aricha washing station was left to decay, never reaching even a fraction of its potential.
Pretty much all the farmers in this area are from southern Ethiopia’s Gedeo ethnic group. They have lived in this area for as long as anyone can remember and have grown coffee here commercially since at least the 1920s. They are experienced farmers who usually farm on small, family-owned plots of land rarely exceeding two hectares in area. These “home gardens” are also home to staple crops and indigenous forest trees and experts believe they have helped preserve the region’s plant diversity. Gedeo farmers usually tend their fields with the help of their wives and children.
producer: Aricha washing station
region: Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia
variety: local heirloom
drying: on african beds
Tasting notes: hibiscus, jasmine, peach, sweet grapefruit, mandarine, milk chocolate.
Price is for 200 gr.