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Deep rich stewed fruit notes

The natural process of this lot softens the Ethiopian character into notes of stewed berries, taking advantage of the high sugar concentration in the cherries.

Produced by father and son team Mandeyo General Trading Co., at their station outside the village of Bulga.

  • Producer
    Mandeyo General Trading
  • Coffee expression
    A fruity & rich coffee
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Deep and rich stewed fruit in this lot composed of cherries picked near Bulga, on the edge of the Harenna Forest.

Natural Heirloom

Nansebo

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 latter. This year we have purchased a natural lot from Moplaco’s partner station in the Nansebo ‘Woreda’, or district. The Nansebo Woreda is rather rural, mainly located within the Harenna forest, where coffee still grows wild underneath natural forest cover.

The station is owned by Mandeyo General Trading, and collects cherries mainly from the village of Bulga. Mandeyo is the family name of the father and son who run the station, the same family Moplaco have helped us work with over the past few harvest seasons. It was through their work in the local area, especially at their nearby Bensa Logita station, that Moplaco were able to start purchasing coffees from stations around their own. Here on the edge of the Harenna forest we find very high altitude, with coffee able to grow at up to 2300 masl due to the protection the forest provides. This leads to conditions that are perfect for growing high quality Arabica coffees, with cool temperatures and especially cool nights leading to slow cherry maturation and very dense seeds. This natural lot showcases the incredible sugar development we find in these slowly matured cherries, with a deep and rich character reminiscent of stewed berries punctuated by a fresh acidity, and some soft florals.

The conditions here, at incredibly high altitude under the cover of the humid Harenna forest, leads to excellent quality raw material.

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

    Mandeyo General Trading
  • Region

    Sidamo
  • Altitude

    2100 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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