Molasses, Prune, Dried Figs, Sugar Cane, Pleasant Body
Yes, Ethiopia is very close to our hearts. We have been buying Ethiopian coffees for eight years and the processing quality is getting better every year. Especially with the natural-processed coffees. Mebrahtu Aynalem exports this coffee with his company Boledu Industrial.
Mebrahtu buys the cherries directly from the farmer respectively the washing station and concludes contracts with them. He thus guarantees high prices for the farmers, bypasses the Ethiopian Coffee Exchange and can therefore determine the quality. This serves everyone in the end – for the farmer fair prices, for the exporter traceability and quality and for us (you too) super quality in the cup. This micro-lot is certified organic and it’s ultra-yummy – voilà!
Producer Aricha Washing Station
Exporter Boledu Industrial
Origin Aricha, Yirgacheffe, Gedeo
Process Natural & sun-dried on African rasied beds
Arabica Varietal Heirloom
Altitude 1950 – 2150 masl
Harvest October to January
Roast Profile Light
Suited for all brewing methods
Aricha is one of the washing stations in Yirgacheffe that supply Mebrahtu (means Light in the local language) Aynalem’s exporting business, Boledu Industrial. The station and dry mill were founded by Boledu in partnership with Abyote Ageze and local farmers. “Weare the 2nd generation of coffee growers and now traders in our families. We decided to build a natural coffee processing site in Aricha to be used by the smallholders living in the region. Roughly 1500 growers usethe facility and we have 220 raised African beds for coffee drying,” explains Mebrahtu.
Boledu means “source” in the local language and combines over 12 years of experience in coffee from both Abyote and Mebrahtu. “We have been producing and exporting both natural and washed high-end traceable qualities in our own washing stations located in the Guji zone, Dimtu Hamblea, Yirgacheffe, Aricha andGedeb. We also have vertical agreements in Uraga and in Sidamo, collecting quality coffees from different small farmers.”
By vertical integration, Mebrahtu means the coffee is sourced directly from the washing stations and not purchased from the Ethiopian Coffee Exchange (ECX). “We prefinance the washing station owners and he agrees to supply us. If I was to get a good coffee at the ECX I wouldn’t necessarily be able to do it again in the future. There is no transparency. For consistency, I must have an agreement directly with the washing station. I also have an agronomist there to help prepare the coffees,” he explains.