This coffee is sourced from family-owned farms around the Dumerso coffee mill in Dumerso, Yirgacheffe. The mill is owned by and operated by Surafel Birhanu and his family. During the harvest, Surafel employs over 400 people for assistance in processing ripe cherries from over 750 local smallholder farmers. Drying is done on raised beds in very thin layers, with drying taking between 4-6 weeks to complete.
Coffees from the Yirgacheffe area of Ethiopia are some of the most prized in the country and are typically revered for their floral and delicate qualities. This offering has been naturally processed however meaning the coffee seed (bean) was dried inside its fruit husk. This method of processing requires little to no water, and as the bean dries inside the fruit until it is removed the resulting coffee has a fruity almost fermented flavor profile. The higher the grade attributed to the coffee the more the fruit notes will display themselves in the brewed cup and as this offering is a Grade one expect a fruit bomb; we taste blueberry and raspberry with a slight floral finish indicative of washed coffees from the same region.
As with almost all naturally processed coffees there is a juicy mouthfeel and winey like quality that some will LOVE and others despise. Naturals are kinda like the marmite of the coffee world.