Location: Homeland Organic Coffee Estate, Wush Wush, Keffa
Altitude: 1800 masl
Arabica Varietals: Heirloom
In the cup: Mandarin, bergamot, passion fruit, orange juice, lime, lemongrass, floral, caramel
This is our fourth year sourcing the popular Wush Wush coffee, named after a town, located in the Keffa region, in southern Ethiopia. The etymology of Keffa loosely translates through Arabic descent to mean “a drink from berries”, and this seems fitting considering the south-eastern area of Ethiopia is where wild Coffea Arabica trees were discovered. This Wush Wush coffee is bought through a direct trade partnership with Homeland Organic Coffee Estate, a farm around 500 hectares in size. By purchasing through direct trade, we have significantly greater traceability and better clarity around the processing of the beans. The Estate itself comprises a near even split of mature trees and young trees.
Most of the coffee, around 90%, uses the washed process, as African drying beds take up too much space to allow for a high volume of natural processing. The reason Wush Wush coffee tastes so unique is due to the washed process also being unique. After de-pulping, the cherries then go through a special demucilage machine to remove a slight amount of the mucilage before continuing to fermentation tanks. After wet fermentation is complete the beans are placed on
beds under shade to release excess moisture before being moved to raised beds in full sun.
With a total harvest of around 600-700kg per hectare, this volume provides employment for about 600 workers during the harvest period. For all these reasons and more, we are proud to source Wush Wush direct from an estate and hope to continue building direct trade partnerships in Ethiopia.
(info courtesy of Project Origin)