Ethiopia Gora Kone
The first of the new crop coffee to arrive and our first ever washed Ethiopian to mix things up just a little bit. It's clean like you would expect from a washed coffee, but with a juicy body and milk chocolate sweetness. It has notes of tart lime, black tea and dark berries.
Gore Kone is the name of the washing station you will have seen it for sure. It’s where about 700 - 800 smallholders bring cherries to be processed and is located in the Arsi region or West Arsi region depending on which map you look at.
It is said to be close to the town of Werka or Wereka, again depending on which map you look at and near the Nensebo river or the affluent the Gerenbicho river, which you can’t find on any map. That kind of precision of location for coffee from Ethiopia is about the same as saying it is a Heirloom variety, which it is :-) kind of (well, not really but we will talk about that later), but its the best we can do for now, although 30 minutes of scouring satellite images of hillside was quite a trip :) The station and surrounding farms are 1900 - 2050 meters up from the sea on steep windy hillsides. The cherries are fermented under water for about 2 days, before being washed and de-pulped and dried for 10 - 12 days. It is of course “clean” like you would expect from a washed coffee, but with a juicy body and milk chocolate sweetness. It has notes of tart lime, black tea and dark berries.