Ethiopian Yirgacheffe is one of the classic and most sought after coffees in the world. What is so interesting about it is that one coffee can be quite different from the next. This is because it is a mixed heirloom variety – meaning the coffee is a mix of naturally occurring, well adapted coffee strains grown in the Yirgacheffe region, and which result in a varied outcome in the cup.
The Knots Family Farms are located about 50 kilometres from Yirgacheffe town, in the Gedebe region of Ethiopia. All producers are family members that live in the area, each with approximately two hectares of land and average 3000 trees.
Harvest is from end of November to early January and processing takes place at Knots Family station. After pulping, the cherries are fermented for 36—48 hours and then washed. The wet beans, still in their parchment, are put on drying beds for 10-12 days. At the station there are about 85 raised beds which are designed to encourage air circulation and optimise the drying process.
This is a classic Ethiopian Arabica. Mixed heirloom cultivars come together in the cup, combined with basic washing methods, creates a flavour profile that is peach and Earl Grey tea-like in aroma and initial taste. Upon cooling passionfruit, figs and plums show.