ABERA ARARSO, Yirgacheffe
A really special single producer lot from Yirgacheffe, this complex, floral coffee tastes like parma violets, stone fruits and bergamot.
CULTIVAR: Kume, Diga, Wolisho
LOCATION: Kochere, Yirgacheffe
ALTITUDE: 1,752 masl
The majority of coffees from Ethiopia are either Estate or collective lots and this type of single producer lot has only been possible to export since 2018, when the ECX (Ethiopian Commodity Exchange) opened trading centres closer to growing regions and also relaxed their rules on minimum bag quantities that can be bought and sold on the exchange.
Abera Ararso grows coffee on just 0.15 hectares of land in the town of Biloya. The environmental conditions there are ideal, with average annual temperatures ranging from 10-23⁰C and the coffee grows under shade provided by Cordia Africana, Acacia, and Ensete Ventricosum trees. The farm is also blessed with fertile red/brown soil and the trees for this lot were planted in 2007 with production beginning in 2016.
This lot was processed at Biloya washing station where it was fully washed before being dried for 15 days on raised beds.
Yirgacheffe is one of the coffee areas defined by the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange in recognition of the common quality and flavour attributes of coffee grown in the area around Yirgacheffe. This broad coffee area includes part of the Bornea Zone of the Oromia Region and the Gedeo Zone of the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People’s Region (SNNPR). The Gedeo Zone of SNNPR has five woredas, or districts: Wonago, Bule, Kochere, Gedeb, and Yirgacheffe, the last giving this coffee region its name.
The Kochere woreda is located to the south of Yirgacheffe woreda, to the north of Gedeb woreda, to the east of Oromia Zone and has a total population of more than 130,000 people. The people of Kochere observe many religions, speak many languages, and belong to many ethnic groups, including the Gedo, Oromo, and Amhara. The climate in Kochere sees 1,592ml annual rainfall with temperatures between 16.5 and 18.3°C.