Ethiopia Harrar Mesela Grade 1
Flavor Notes: Concorde pear, golden raspberry, raw cacao
Process: Sun-dried natural
Origin: Mesela, Harrar region, Ethiopia
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Driving through the highlands of Harrar in eastern Ethiopia, you’ll see box-shaped homes made of stones, sometimes with a spread of coffee cherries drying on the roofs. The landscape is rocky and dry, featuring large limestone outcroppings. It seems impossible that coffee grows here, but some of Ethiopia’s oldest and most beloved heirloom varieties grow here — tall trees that produce large beans.
Small farmers monitor their trees closely for pests and disease, and irrigate their trees once per month with mountain spring water. An average producer has around 200 trees that might yield eight bags per season, and many supplement their income by cultivating chat — a green leaf that delivers a buzz similar to caffeine. A cash crop for local farmers, chat is chewed and enjoyed by many throughout the region.
K-cup grind, Whole bean, French press grind, Drip grind, Espresso grind