Harmony Coffee Roaster
PRODUCER: EDIDO SMALLHOLDERS
REGION: EDIDO VILLAGE, YIRGACHEFFE
PROCESSING METHOD: WASHED
FLAVOUR DESCRIPTION: WHITE PEACH, BERGAMOT, BLUEBERRY, PINEAPPLE, HONEY, BLACK TEA, FLORAL
ABOUT THIS COFFEE
The Edido washing station sits comfortably between 1960-2090masl in what is arguably Ethiopia's most famous growing region, Yirgacheffe. Yirgacheffe's uniquely distinct wet and dry seasons, in combination with its incredibly stable year round temperatures create both ideal climates for coffee cultivation and coffee processing.
The cherries processed at Edido are collected from local farmers, the majority of whom operate plots of land smaller than 5 hectares, often measuring their farms in the number of plants rather than in land area. Consequently, most of the coffee grown in the area is grown using traditional methods of cultivation, without the use of commercial fertilisers or pesticides. Coffee grown in this region is typically intercropped with other essential crops that provide a staple food source for their households, with any surplus production sold locally.
Farmers painstakingly handpick the cherries and deliver them to the washing station, where a meticulous hand-sorting process removes under-ripe or damaged cherries. The cherries are then pulped using the station's disc pulper and fermented for 72 hours. After fermentation, the parchment is washed in clean water and transferred to raised drying beds. The beans are evenly distributed on these beds, ensuring consistent turning and coverage to achieve uniform drying. The coffee remains here for 12 to 15 days, reaching the optimal moisture content before undergoing hulling and preparation for export.
From our perspective, there are a number of growing regions that produce distinct terroir characteristics, but for us, Yirgacheffe is definitely at the top of the list - often easily identifiable by its consistently dominant Bergamot/Earl Grey-like flavour characteristics, with other typical characteristics of the region including a citrusy acidity and various expressions of stone fruit. We chose this coffee in particular, as it provided a very stereotypical representation of the region at an extremely high level of quality.
Ethiopia (often hailed as the Birthplace of coffee) has a special place in our hearts. The incredible genetic diversity of cultivar has led to a rich tapestry of flavour available from farm to farm, village to village and region to region. We're thrilled to be able to include Ethiopia on our offer list once again and showcase it in all its immensity.