This year, we are pleased to highlight a collection of exquisite coffees from individual farmer members of the Yirgacheffe Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union, and offer them to our customers as microlots. This lot comes from a producer named Mesele Haile, whose 12-hectare farm comprises several different heirloom Ethiopian coffee varieties, including Wolisho, Kudhume, and Dega.
Along with several other farmer-members of YCFCU, Mesele Haile has invested in making improvements in his production by building a micromill, and learning advanced techniques to prune and maintain his plants. The addition of a mill has transformed Mesele’s business: Where he formerly tendered his cherry to local cooperative mills, now he is able to better control the harvesting, processing, and fermentation of coffees from his land.
Mesele’s coffee is picked ripe, depulped and sorted, and then dried on raised beds over two weeks, a longer drying period than usual, due to the fact that the coffees are only spread on the beds at certain times of the day. The slower drying, Mesele believes, contributes to the fruity, sweet complexity his coffee has.
REGION: Adame, Yirgacheffe
FARM: Mesele Haile, 12 hectares
VARIETY: Heirloom Ethiopian Varieties
ALTITUDE: 1835 – 1839 masl
PROCESS: Fully Washed