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Aricha

Floral aromas and rich fruit

Bright floral aromas are contrasted with complex fruit notes in the cup in this lot from Moplaco’s Yirgacheffe station.

The conditions here, in the high altitude humid forests that run along Ethiopia’s stretch of the Great Rift Valley, lead to excellent raw material.

  • Producer
    Moplaco
  • Coffee expression
    A fruity & rich coffee
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The natural process of this lot maintains the typical Yirgacheffe aromatic character, while softening the fruit notes in the cup.

Natural Heirloom

Aricha

We have been purchasing Ethiopian coffees through Moplaco for five years now, and have grown to trust their buying practices and the quality that they are able to offer, both in coffees they produce themselves, and those they purchase from neighbouring mills. This lot is an example of the former. Moplaco’s Yirgacheffe mill is located just outside the iconic town of the same name, and collects cherry from several surrounding villages. The cherries that comprise this lot have been collected from the village of Aricha. The long spine that produces ‘Yirgacheffe’ coffees runs from North to South through the Gedeo zone, through the towns of Yirgacheffe, Kochere and Gedeb. The Gedeo zone is mainly inhabited by the Gedeo people, who have been farming here since before any records began. They have been growing coffee since at least the 1920’s, and most work on tiny plots of less than 2 hectares, with coffee interspersed among food crops and native forest. It is this biodiversity and relative lack of chemical intervention that is thought to lead to the incredibly high quality of coffees from Ethiopia, and especially the Gedeo zone. The potential of these cherries is then unlocked by Moplaco’s team at the Yirgacheffe station. This was the first Moplaco mill to start processing natural coffees in the region, more than 20 years ago. The first natural coffee to win the ‘Taste of Harvest’ was also produced here, cementing Moplaco’s intent to innovate and progress. The natural coffees from Moplaco’s mills have been some of the most elegant we have tasted in recent years.

The clear Yirgacheffe aromatic signature of white florals and citrus is maintained, while softening the fruit in the cup towards stewed berries, and enhancing a deep brown sugar sweetness.

Etiopia

Moplaco

Moplaco were founded in 1972, by Yannis Georgalis. They established themselves in the town of Dire Dawa, to the north east of the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. Crucially, Dire Dawa is located on the edge of the iconic Ethiopian region of Harrar, and is home to the region’s largest ECX coffee delivery centre. Harrar produces a markedly different expression of Ethiopian coffee, when compared to the regions further south, surrounding the Great Rift Valley. The climate in Harrar is much drier, resulting in very different types of vegetation dominating the landscape here, those that thrive in drier climates, such as evergreen and coniferous species. These species are much shorter in stature, resulting in much less shade for the coffee. The coffee here is also grown in a very different mode, known as Garden Coffee. In this system, coffee trees are normally planted in small numbers, often in conjunction with other crops, close to a farmers home. The trees here are afforded almost no shade, and can often be grown purely for home use. However, in Harrar, this is a popular method to grow coffee for export. Coffee in Harrar is almost always naturally processed, and along with the dry and hot climate, and the lack of shade, this means that the coffee here is often much heavier and richer than we are used to, a profile that has fallen out of the modern specialty coffee expectation. Harrar has also seen a decline in production, as many farmers elect to begin growing the popular narcotic Khat at the expense of coffee. It is for these reasons that the company chose to expand into wider Ethiopian specialty coffee, while keeping their roots in Harrar. This increased in pace when Yannis’ daughter Heleanna took over Moplaco 10 years ago, leading the company’s expansion to other areas of Ethiopia. The company invested in a large state of the art facility in Addis Ababa, to mill coffees from all over Ethiopia, and directly export while maintaining traceability. There are also processing stations in Yirgacheffe and Chelelectu, where experimental processing is carried out, and agronomy advice is given to the smallholder farmers delivering cherry.

Most recently, Moplaco purchased the Logita processing station in the town of Bensa, in the North-East of the famous Sidamo region. From here Moplaco have been providing both agricultural and processing advice to neighbouring mills, while also buying and exporting their highest quality coffees. We are proud to be involved with Heleanna’s work, an inspirational woman blazing a trail for a new level of speciality coffee in Ethiopia.

Technical Data

  • Producer

    Moplaco
  • Region

    Yirgacheffe
  • Altitude

    2000 masl
  • Varietal

    Heirloom
  • Process

    Natural
  • Harvest

    January 2022

Natural Process

The natural, or dry process, is the traditional process, going back generations. When accomplished in a controlled and careful manner, dry processed coffees can produce flavour experiences not found in wet processed coffees, deep fruits and florals, normally with heavier mouthfeel and lower acidity. The cherries are first sorted, and then laid out on in thin layers (2-6 cm) on raised drying beds. These are almost always used for high quality naturals, as they aid airflow around the coffee as it dries, enabling more even drying. 

It is very important that coffees are sorted very carefully early on in the drying process, as all of the cherries quickly turn dark brown, making it impossible to separate under and overripe cherries. The cherries are turned frequently to avoid mold formation or over-fermentation, until they reach a moisture content of below 20%, and the outer cherry layer shrinks and blackens. This process takes between 2 and 4 weeks, depending on weather conditions.


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