GLASS HIVE, Ethiopia

$20.00 USD
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Suitable for all brewing methods.

Blood Plum, Marmelade, Peach

Grower:               Various Smallholders
Processor:          Wete Webanchi Washing Station
Region:                Konga, Yirgacheffe
Varietal:              Heirloom
Processing:        Supernatural
Altitude:              1,800 - 2,100 MASL

The Konga Wete Webanchi washing station serves as a prime illustration of the harmonious convergence between specialty coffee production and local community support. Situated adjacent to a school near the town of Wete, both Primrose and Project Origin collaborate closely with the educators and staff to provide the necessary assistance for educating the local children. This dual approach enhances both the quality of life for the community and the coffee produced at the washing station.

During their search for a suitable location for a new washing station, Meseret and Abraham, the husband-and-wife duo behind Primrose, intentionally selected this site. The decision was motivated by the station's proximity to a school and the town of Wete, ensuring convenient access to electricity — a considerable challenge in certain rural areas of Ethiopia. This availability of electricity empowers the station to continue coffee processing even after sunset, a task that often poses difficulties at other washing stations.

The 'Supernatural' process encompasses a variety of experimental techniques, many of which have been learnt from years of Carbonic Maceration trials through different origins and producers.
Coffee cherries are picked perfectly ripe, hand sorted and floated to remove unripe and over-ripe cherries. The cherries are then stacked in thick piles to increase temperature, which helps to intensify sweetness and fruit qualities, while being shade-dried to maintain better control over the drying process. During this time the cherries are also turned over every few hours to ensure that just the right amount of fermentation occurs within the fruit.

Around 3-5 days later, the piles are thinned out to assist the reduction in moisture contentduring the day, before being stacked again and covered in plastic sheets (like a cocoon) to maintain warmer temperatures in the fruit for a few hours into the evening. This process continues for around 6-12 days, before being reverted to a more standard process for natural coffees; leaving the cherries spread out more thinly and dried for between 15-25 days. Through this extensive process, producers are better able to create unique flavour experiences and enhance different qualities in different lots.

Size: 250g
Grind: Wholebeans
Size: 250g
Grind: Wholebeans

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