Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Dumerso Grade 1 Natural
Producer: Dumerso washing station, Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia
Process: Natural, sun-dried.
Varietals: Local Heirloom varietals
Tasting Notes: Juicy tropical fruit, strawberry, blueberry
The Dumerso Mill is located in the small town of Dumerso, Ethiopia near the larger town of Yirgacheffe within the Gedeo Zone. Mr. Hirut Birhanu and his family own and run this mill. They collect ripe coffee cherries from small family farms near and around the mill. Over four hundred local residents are also hired by the mill during the harvest period to help with processing, coffee transport, and various other tasks.
The workers sort the cherries for ripeness, with only the ripest cherries being used for Grade One qualities. Drying the ripe cherries can take anywhere from 4-6 weeks, depending on the weather. Once the cherries hit the raised beds they are turned and raked ever two to three hours to prevent any molds or rot from occurring. This allows the coffee to dry evenly and cleanly.
Once dried, the coffee is then transported to the capital city of Addis Ababa to be dry-milled, further sorted, bagged and exported. Ethiopia exports through the port of Djibouti where the coffee sales across the Pacific. At L+B, we try to use the port of entry closest to the port of exit, and so this coffee sails direct to Oakland, CA where we warehouse it in The Annex Warehouse.
Ethiopia Natural Processed Coffees are known for their wild flourish of fruit and berry tones. What separates these natural coffees from other around the world is that special floral and tea-like characteristic so prominent in Yirgacheffe coffee. The best natural processed coffees from this region hold a balance of the fruit flavors and the floral expressions, and this coffee certainly does this.