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Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Natural Aricha Arabica Roasted Coffee

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Location/Origin  Ethiopia - Southern Nations, Nationalities and People's Region, Gedeo, Aricha
Altitude 191950-2150 MSL
Variety Heirloom
Preparation Natural
Harvest November to December
Owner / Farm Boledu CO-OP
SCA Cup score and notes 85.5 Blueberry, Red ripe fruit, Bergamot, Citrus fruit, Caramel. 100% Arabica coffee Medium Roast.


General tasting notes It's a lot on the red side, with red gummy bear, strawberries, but also blueberry and bergamot notes, quite sweet, round smooth body and mild-medium citric acidity. The aftertaste is indeed caramel like but a bit short.

Aricha is one of the washing stations in Yirgacheffe that supply Mebrahtu (means Light in the local language) Aynalem's exporting business, Boledu Industrial. The station and dry mill were founded by Boledu in partnership with Abyote Ageze and local farmers. "We are the 2nd  generation of coffee growers and now traders in our families. We decided to build a natural coffee processing site in Aricha to be used by the smallholders living in the region. Roughly 1500 growers use the facility and we have 220 raised African beds for coffee drying," explains Mebrahtu.

Boledu means "source" in the local language and combines over 12 years of experience in coffee from both Abyote and Mebrahtu. "We have been producing and exporting both natural and washed high-end traceable qualities in our own washing stations located in the Guji zone, Dimtu Hamblea, Yirgacheffe, Aricha and Gedeb. We also have vertical agreements  in Uraga and in Sidamo, collecting quality coffees from different small farmers." 

By vertical integration, Mebrahtu means the coffee is sourced directly from the washing stations and not purchased from the Ethiopian Coffee Exchange (ECX). "We prefinance the washing station owners and he agrees to supply us. If I was to get a good coffee at the ECX I wouldn't necessarily be able to do it again in the future. There is no transparency. For consistency, I must have an agreement directly with the washing station. I also have an agronomist there to help prepare the coffees," he explains. 

"The farmers we work with have been working with us for a good time. Before the harvest, we train them and explain the standards of cherry collection for specialty coffee and the premiums that come with it. We have a quality supervisor at the washing stations looking into who is bringing good quality and who isn’t. Their job is really important! They know when someone mixes unripe cherries with the ripe ones. Up to 10% unripe is okay and we will sort them at a later stage, but if farmers bring more than that we know we might not work with them until they agree to the standards."

Internal prices for cherry have been high for the second consecutive year. Around Aricha buyers were paying 24 Ethiopian birr in November 2020 according to Mebrahtu. He says Boledu was paying around 25.50 birr to be above the competition and secure the supply. “However the farmers know they need to bring us the ripe cherries. And we buy from 10 to 16 thousand kilos of cherry every day during harvest season," he says.

The process

This process takes a much longer time than washed processing, Time varies depending on humidity, temperature and amount of sunlight. Cherries are dried on African raised beds for proper airflow and the coffee itself must be frequently turned. When the desired moisture content is achieved (14 to 21 days depending on the weather), the dried cherries are milled and stored.

All the bags we supply our roasted coffee in include a 1 Way valve for freshness, and Zip Lock so you can easily reseal them to keep the coffee fresh.

Our coffee bags are green - each coffee bag is recyclable, LDPE  (Low-Density Polyethylene)  – Recyclable plastic, just place it in your  plastic recycling bin.

LDPE 4 Recyclable Plastic Coffee Bags 

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