Samii - Ethiopia
Samii - Ethiopia
Sweet lime, raspberry, floral and spicy. Juicy finish.
Process: Fully Washed
Altitude: 1900 m.a.s.l.
Producer: Various Smallholders
Region: Chelelectu, Kochere
Origin: Chelelectu washing station
Privately owned communal wetmill in Chelelectu – Kochere by Mestawet Assefa. They are collecting and buying cherries from various smallholders. Kochere is one of the woredas in the Gedeo zone, known as Yirgacheffe. Kochere is bordered on the east by Gedeb, on the southwest by the Oromia Region, and on the north by Yirgacheffe. Towns in Kochere include Fishagenet and Chelelectu.
About 650 smallholder farmers delivering tiny amounts of cherries daily to the wetmill.
On average farmers are having a farm size of less than 1 hectares. Most coffees are organic by default. Organic compost is common, pruning less common. A farmer can typically have less than 1500 trees pr hectar, and 1 tree is typically producing cherries equal to less than 100 - 200 grams of green coffee.
A mix of local varieties as well as native coffee of forest origin transferred to family smallholder plots. The varieties are referred to collectively as Ethiopian Heirloom, which is a myriad of local native Typica hybrids and new improved varietals based on the old strains.
Production process (washed):
Pulper: Traditional Agarde disc pulper
Fermentation: 24 – 48 hours. Then washed and graded in channels, and soaked about 24 hours in clean water.
Drying time: 10-12 days
Whole ripe cherries are hand sorted for unripes and overripes by the farmers before they go into production. They are pulped by a disk pulper and graded in the pulper by density: The parchment is then fermented under water for 24-48 hours, depending on the weather conditions. After which graded in the washing channels by water flow that separates the coffee by density. Its then soaked 12-24 hrs in fresh, clean water before it’s moved to the drying tables
Skin drying the first hours under shade. The parchment is dried in the sun for about 10-12 days, depending on the weather conditions, on African drying beds. Coffees are covered in shade nets during midday and at night.