Jorge Medina's farm is named Pedreros and is located in Vereda San Jose, the western neighbor of La Palmera, which you pass through on your way from Pedregal to San Antonio (just after Agua Blanca). He says he has 10k Caturra trees and altitude is around 1750 meters above sea level. Like most folks in the region, he processes his coffee down to dry parchment, and delivers to ASORCAFE, of which he is a longtime member. Going forward, we hope to learn more about his quality control and the work that makes his coffee so good.
The Worka washing station is owned by approximately 300 small-scale farmers. We can thank the stunning altitude (up to 2400 meters above sea level) of this area of Yirgacheffe for the crisp lemon zest acidity that we enjoy in this coffee. This coffee's sparkly, tea-like character is a nice counterpoint to the deep juiciness of Reko.
The Reko washing station started production in 2001. In recent years, they have produced some of the most sought after coffees in all of Ethiopia. The surrounding farms are located at an altitude of around 2000 meters. During harvest, which normally takes place between late October and mid-January, about 850 farmers bring their ripe cherries to the washing station. The coffees are first washed with water from a nearby river, after which they are pulped by an Agard pulping-machine. The mucilage is removed by traditional fermentation, which lasts 36-48 hours depending on the weather conditions. The coffee is then dried on raised African beds, of which over 120 beds are present, for 10-12 days. Reko exemplifies many of our favorite flavors of Yirgacheffee coffee: fresh citrus, floral, and herbal flavors.
The exquisite quality coming from the Kiawamururu Factory is certainly a reflection on an extraordinary group of dedicated producers. The Rumukia Farmers Co-operative Society manages the Kiawamururu Factory, which processes cherry from members who on average cultivate around 250 coffee trees on half-acre plots. With the harvest coming from more than 600 small parcels, cherry classification is the most critical variable for ensuring cup quality. Small plots give these producers more control to strategically pick and deliver only the ripest cherry to the factory. Additional cherry sorting is also done at the factory before the coffee is depulped, fermented and washed. This season's AA lot shows incredible fruit complexity throughout. We've been tasting notes of melon, strawberry, and blackberry jam.
honey, ginger, clove
Red Bourbon | Gicumbi | Fully-Washed | 1750 masl
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Nova Washing Station is located at 1,482 masl in the Gicumbi district of Northern Rwanda and was built in 2005 as a cooperative run mini-washing station. Coffees are pulped using a 3-disk pulper, and then wet fermented before sun drying on raised beds. Coffees processed at the Nova grow in volcanic soil on nearby farms at 1,750 masl. The station is run by Agnes Mukamushinja. Agnes and her husband Felix Hitayezu bought the site in 2013 with plans to increase the capacity of operations and a dedication to producing the best possible coffee.
Through a partnership with Rwanda Trading Company, Nova Coffee has been able to increase efficiency and quality and have used their profits to further invest in the operations of the wet mill and the farms in the community. Following the 2015 season, they were able to install a new pulping machine, new fermentation tanks with sorting and floating areas, new drying beds, and a high quality warehouse for storage. This lot from Nova has a complex depth of sweetness and produces an incredibly elegant and balanced cup.
vanilla wafer, strawberry, apple butter
Guatemala Joya Grande | La Demoncracia, Huehuetenango | Caturra, Bourbon, Catuaí | Fully-Washed
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Our current Skyline incarnation is composed of coffee from the Joya Grande farm in Huehuetenango. This lot is comprised of washed Caturra, Bourbon, and Catuaí grown at 1500-1700 meters.
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