Fruity & Complex
Notes of Floral, Watermelon & Citrus
Intensely sweet and fruited with notes of melon and flowers with a crisp, lemony finish.
To learn more about the 2017 Good Food Award we received for this coffee, please visit our blog.
Kudhume, Wolisho & Heirloom
Natural Process, 20-Day African Bed Drying
November 2015 - January 2016
About Charbanta Cooperative
We have been visiting Ethiopia and Yirgacheffe since 2012, paying very close attention to the hilly areas around the small village of Idido. This area is not only extremely high in altitude with just about all the coffee higher than 1900 meters, it is also cooler than other parts of Yirgacheffe with similar altitudes. This cooler climate extends the maturation of the coffees in this area and adds density, sweetness, and complexity to the already amazing climate of the Gedeo zone.
Over the past few years, we heard whispers of a new cooperative forming around the village of Idido and were excited to confirm this on our visit last November. The Charbanta Cooperative is located a few kilometers up the hill from Idido town at an impressive altitude of 2120 meters. They are collecting cherry from three different Kebeles: Charbanta, Laba Gasha (Bole) and Edene Mucturi (Bole). There are only 250 members here, compared to the neighboring Idido Cooperative that has more than 3000.
This year, Charbanta is producing only natural, sun-dried coffees given that the equipment to invest in washing coffee is quite expensive. They were able to collect enough cherry for 65 sacks (132 pounds) of green coffee, and we purchased all of it.
This is our favorite natural of the year with super clean notes of watermelon, florals, and sweet citrus.
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