Chelchele - POS

A heavy-bodied coffee from the Sidamo region of Ethiopia, with intense fruit notes enhanced by the experimental carbonic maceration process.
  • An experimental semi-carbonic maceration process carried out on raw material from the Logita mill in Sidamo.
  • Produced by our partners at Moplaco, with processing assistance from Brazilian masters Daterra.
  • Heavy bodied and creamy tropical fruit drive the cup, with lychee and melon notes providing the background to a crisp boysenberry acidity.
  • Whole Bean Coffee: 100g (3.5oz).
  • Release date: 14th of January.
  • Minimum resting period: Filter 7 days | Espresso 14 days.

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Logita SMC

We are excited to present this fermentation experiment from our partners at Moplaco in Ethiopia. Led by Heleanna Georgalis, they have been quick to take advantage of changes to the Ethiopian Coffee Exchange regulations to export both delicious traditional Ethiopian lots, and small experiments such as the two we are releasing this month. The quality of raw material in Ethiopia is unlike most other producing countries; the biodiversity of both the coffee trees themselves and the environment in which they are grown leads to well nourished and hardy trees, without the need for external inputs such as pesticides and fertilisers. This leads to incredible high potential for cup quality, but until recently some interesting work by producers has been masked by a lack of traceability and experimentation. After the opening of export regulations in 2017, Moplaco began experimenting with Carbonic Maceration processing at their Logita mill in the Sidamo region. In the beginning of this project they were assisted by a set of experts in coffee fermentation, our Brazilian partners at Daterra. Some of the Daterra team actually flew to Ethiopia to consult on the project, and it was through our connection with them that we were able to taste some small samples from the initial experiments. We were so excited by the taste potential of this collaboration that we flew to Ethiopia in March this year, and were able to see some of the work Moplaco do first hand. We have been waiting patiently for the coffees ever since this trip, and are more than proud to present the results. A Daterra-inspired Semi-Carbonic Maceration was carried out simultaneously at two of Moplaco’s mills, Chelelectu in Yirgacheffe, and Logita in Sidamo. Ripe cherries were sealed in stainless steel tanks and fermented in an anaerobic environment for 60 hours, before being dried with the cherry still attached for around 12 days. This has allowed a wild and juicy interpretation of Ethiopian terroir to develop in both areas, with subtle differences between the two lots caused by terroir. The fact that this terroir driven character is still able to be appreciated is testament to the expert processing carried out by Moplaco. The lot from Chelelectu is crisp and floral like one would expect from a Yirgacheffe coffee, with softer red apple and cherry notes followed by a slight spice note in the finish. The lot from Logita is a heavier Sidamo profile, driven by tropical fruit, with creamy lychee and crisp boysenberry. We are releasing both coffees either separately or as a bundle, but feel that tasting them side by side is an excellent showcase of Moplaco’s skill in both sourcing of raw material and in fermentation, in two very different areas of Ethiopia.


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 8 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, in a project they have dubbed Neighbours and Crops. 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.

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If we don’t feel that a coffee suits our style or what we like to present, we simply won’t buy it. Sometimes this leads to issues in green buying; we have to pay very close attention, to a level of green quality that will support this approach, and to how this will develop over the life of a coffee. We are required to focus heavily on the freshness of coffee, both green and roasted, to avoid introducing taints into our cups. We always use clean and fresh water, of an ideal mineral content to present the coffee in its best possible light. Once we have the correct roasting profile, water, and coffee age, the act of brewing is much more simple. A wide variance in brewing parameters can still produce delicious and transparent cups. It is also important to note that this is not always the most consistent approach. The coffee is laid completely bare, so any flaw with the raw material is clearly on show. We could often develop some coffees slightly more, to make them more approachable or easy to work with, but wavering from our philosophy like this would compromise our commitment to complete transparency in coffee.

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Producer Moplaco
Region Sidamo
Altitude 2100 masl
Varietal Ethiopian Heirloom
Process Semi-Carbonic Maceration
Harvest January 2019

Semi-carbonic maceration

The Carbonic Maceration process has been used in the wine industry for several decades, particularly in the Beaujolais region, producing fruit-driven, juicy structured wines in a very controlled manner. The application of this process in coffee is only a few years old, but has the same goals. Carbonic maceration is a complex process, requiring precise measurement and control of fermentation variables. Cherries are sealed in tanks without access to oxygen for an extended period with constant monitoring and cataloging of PH, temperature, and CO2 levels. Ambient temperatures are also monitored and controlled to ensure linearity in the processing. After the required time inside the tanks, or when the required pH is reached, coffee is then removed and dried, most often on raised beds or in mechanical driers.

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