ETHIOPIA Yirgacheffe Natural Organic – Zelelu Ararso, at 58 years, is a returning participant farmer and an important figure in the single farmer Lots program. This year we’re thrilled to have a naturally processed lot, fully sundried by the Addis Ketema cooperative, of which Zelelu is a member. Addis Ketema, and Zelelu’s home, are found in the Wenago district of the coveted Gedeo Zone– the narrow section of plateau dense with savvy farmers whose coffee is known as “Yirgacheffe”. Wenago is a small district that sits between Dilla, the mighty university city and coffee transit hub at the northern tip of Gedeo, and Yirga Chefe, in the heart of the zone, whose diminutive stature holds back none of its legendary global presence. Zelelu is an accomplished individual, even by the standards of Gedeo, whose dense farming and processing landscape has a reputation for competitive farmers. He has earned model farming awards at local and state levels to pioneer single farmer exports; the efforts of which helped like-minded farmers throughout Yirgacheffe’s union achieve direct sale and see their coffees priced and roasted with just about unprecedented transparency. In addition, Zelelu educates his children to a college level and will soon be processing his own harvests. Much respect.
Degree of Roast: 2
Coffee sold by the pound
Grower: Zelelu Ararso
Region: Gedeo, Gedeb District
Variety: Indigenous heirloom cultivars
Altitude: 1800 – 2100 masl
Process: Fully natural, sun-dried on raised beds
Tasting Notes: blueberry, blackberry, grape
GUATEMALA Organic – Smooth, creamy and balanced w. lemony brightness, but not over the top.
Degree of Roast: 2-3
COSTA RICA Rosa Linda – A small 50 acre farm owned and managed by Jose Antonio Garcia for more than 30 years. He focuses his attention on the farm and meticulous coffee cherry selection. Finca Rosa Linda supports Jose, his wife and their three daughters.
Degree of Roast: 1
COLOMBIA Huila San Agustin – Each producer manages their own farm averaging just a few acres in size. Small enough for each producer to individually process the harvest with their own micromill, which allows for meticulous care in cherry selection, depulping, fermenting, and drying the coffee. Mastercol ensures traceability and quality control throughout the post-harvest process.
KENYA Nyeri Ichamama – The Othaya Farmers Co-operative Society manages the Ichamama Factory. The cooperative processes coffee from farmers who generally have half acre plots averaging 250 coffee trees shaded with Bananas, Gravelia, and Macadamia trees.