ETHIOPIA FOREST COFFEE
€14.00 – €33.50
Ethiopia is the home of coffee, and its where coffee was first grown many centuries ago. Ethiopia’s reputation is highly regarded for some of the most extraordinary flavour profiles and for beans grown in high altitude, in native coffee forest. Mohamed Ali is the independent producer of this natural forest coffee on family plots inherited from his father at the heart of the Jimma appellation. The Gera farm is located at an altitude of 2,000 metres. It is home to a wild forest in which endemic species grow alongside coffee trees transplanted here from local wild plant varieties. This full traceability is bolstering the reputation of the exceptional local agroforestry system, which is a breeding ground for ancillary products such as honey. The coffee is all arabica, Ethiopian heirloom, grown using organic farming methods, harvested by hand, and uses a natural (unwashed) process drying the coffee on African beds. This produces an extraordinary profile delicate, sweet, smooth and stunningly delicious as a pourover. We also roasted this darker for espresso with exceptionally good results producing a full bodied coffee with characteristic citrus notes. Altitude 2000m
Species Arabica Heirloom
Harvest Period November to January
Harvest Type Manual Process Unwashed and dried on African beds
|Ground or Wholebean||
The Gera farm is located some 40 kilometres southwest of Jimma, in the district of the same name. The farm was set up by Mohamed Ali’s father over 70 years ago. Mustafa Mohamed Ali’s family obtained the land concession in 1946, following the war against the Italians and at a time when the Emperor Haile Selassie government was looking to develop its agricultural land. They decided to plant coffee there, and his father chose plants in the neighbouring forest of Choché which he transplanted onto the newly acquired plots. This forest is now a protected nature reserve, and the fact that the Gera farm possesses coffee trees from this area is one of the things that make it unique.
Mustafa Mohamed Ali took over management of the farm more than 30 years ago, and he is working hard to continue the project begun by his father, carefully cultivating its 25 hectares and the same coffee trees sourced from the wild forest. He maintains the forest of endemic species that surround his coffee trees. It is a natural forest coffee that also benefits from the unique local farming practices, which include manual picking.
Our wholesale, Belco have teams on the ground in Ethiopia helping Mohamed Ali to constantly improve the quality of his coffee. Marjorie, Belco’s agronomist, journeyed to Gera two years in a row to talk with the farmers about their harvesting, drying (for example by improving bed ventilation) and storage techniques.