Zoom Ethiopia Aricha Specialty Coffee by Press Coffee Roasters
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Ethiopia Aricha

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This coffee is sourced from 650 family-owned farms organized around the Aricha coffee mill located in the Yirgacheffe district of the Gedeo Zone within the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples' Regional State, Ethiopia. The Gedeo region is named after the Gedeo people who are indigenous to this area. The Aricha mill is owned and operated by Cherab na Betesebu and his family. The Aricha mill receives ripe cherries from 650 small coffee farmers. Coffee producers deliver their ripe cherries to the Aricha coffee mill station where the cherries are sorted and then pulped. After pulping, the beans are fermented for 36 to 48 hours and then washed. The wet beans in parchment are placed on raised drying beds in thin layers and turned every 2 to 3 hours during the first few days of the drying process. Depending on weather, the beans are dried for 10 to 12 days until the moisture in the coffee beans is reduced to 11.5 percent. Then the beans are transported to Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, to be milled and bagged prior to export.

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Farm: Aricha Mill
Region: Gedeo Zone
Process: Full Washed
Variety: Indigenous heirloom cultivars
Elevation: 1900-2100m
In the south of Gededo County in Kochere Yirgacheffe you’ll find Banco Gotete- a small town about 2020 m above sea level. We connected to this community through Legu Trading PLC- a company that operates washings stations in the south along with a mill and export business in Addis. Sultan Legesse, a member of the Legu team, is an old friend of ours going back about 5 years now. When he presented this lot from their washing station in Kochere, it was an instant yes!The washing station in Gotete processes cherry from about 2000 smallholder farmers in the surrounding area. Each contribute fruit from their small 1 hectare or less farms. With farms this small, coffee is not the sole income for farmers in this area. Most also produce other fruits and vegetables both for income and for their personal intake.Legu has done a lot to provide more consistent financial stability for this community. Not only through premiums for red ripe cherries, but also by hiring hundreds of members of the community to work at the washing station. We’re hoping to connect more closely with this washing station in the next harvest to see where we might be able to add some value to an already very successful organization