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Ethiopia Limu G2

Cupping notes

Apricot, Earl Grey, a touch of berry, and lime.


Limu is one of the woredas in the Oromia Region of Ethiopia with Gelila as the administrative centre. It is a part of the Misraq (East) Welega Zone bordering the exclave of Benishangul Gumuz Region in the south, Sasiga on the southwest, Benishangul-Gumuz Region on the west, by Ibantu on the north, and on the east by Gida Kiremu. The coffee comes from around 560 of smallholder farmers in the Limu Woreda of Oromia. Commonly in Ethiopia coffee is collected at a centralised washing station from the many farmers that surround it, who frequently grow small amounts of coffee in ‘gardens’.

With so much natural diversity there, the attention to detail at the processing stage is key to a good coffee.

In the washed or ‘fully washed’ style of processing, the outer skin of the coffee cherry is removed immediately after harvesting, usually the same day the cherries were picked.

This is done using machines which ‘pick’ or scrape away just the outer layer of the cherry, leaving behind the parchment coffee covered in sticky mucilage. The mucilage-coated beans are then immersed in water in large, cement fermentation tanks. Good cherries will sink and bad or unripe fruit will float on the surface. Meantime, the process of fermentation breaks down the sugars in the mucilage and frees it from the parchment. This usually takes around 24 hours, though shorter or longer fermentation times are possible depending on the local climate and weather.

Once fermentation is complete, the coffee is released from the fermentation tank and pushed manually, with the help of flowing water, down long channels. This agitation frees up any remaining mucilage and separates it from the parchment coffee. At the end of the channels, the coffee enters another tank where it is rinsed with fresh water.
The result is wet coffee in parchment, free of the sticky mucilage. From the final washing tank, the wet parchment coffee is taken to dry in the sun, usually on raised ‘African drying’ beds. This process of drying happens quickly until the dry beans ideally have a water content of around 10%.

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