Kochere Boji, Ethiopia


Kochere Boji, Ethiopia

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Single Origin

Region Kore, Kochere
Producer Small Holders
Altitude 1795 - 1900 MASL
Variety Heirloom

Notes: Lime, Lemongrass and Guava

Kore is the village, or kebele, where this coffee is grown and processed, in the Kochere "district" or woreda within Yirgacheffe. Kore is about 25 kilometers from the center of Yirgacheffe Town. Kochere coffees often exhibit a rich fruit tea-like note with citrus and stone fruit flavours. The coffee is picked and delivered to the Boji Washing Station, where it is de-pulped within 12 hours and undergoes the washed process using spring water.
Aside from its near-legendary status as the "birthplace" of Arabica coffee, there is much to love about Ethiopia as a producing nation, including but not limited to the incredible diversity of flavor and character that exists among microregions, specifically within the southwestern Gedeo Zone of Yirgacheffe within the region of Sidama—areas whose names alone conjure thoughts of the finest coffees in the world. Coffee was literally made to thrive in the lush environment Yirgacheffe’s forests provide, developing nuanced floral characteristics, articulate sweetness, and sparkling acidity. 
Until recently, coffee grown by smallholders and co-ops in Ethiopia were required to be sold through the ECX (Ethiopian Commodities Exchange), where lots were classified by general region, quality (Grade 1–5), and had lost most of their traceability. In March of 2017, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia approved a reform allowing cooperatively owned washing stations to export their coffee directly, which allows for the separation of top coffee lots, higher prices for farmers, and increased recognition for the best quality coffees in Ethiopia. Greater traceability allows exporters and ourselves to buy more directly from the same washing stations year in and year out, and opens the potential for partnerships on a more micro level, with individual farmers or smaller groups within a community, to select out special lots.