Ethiopia Washed Bale Mountain GR1
Region Bale Mountain
Process Washed and sundried on raised African beds on shade net
Black tea, Fruity, Strawberry, sweet, well structure medium body
Origin: Bale Mountain Farm
Bale Mountain Farm is a relatively new, state owned farm in the Bale Mountain National Park.There are lions in this area.! Quite exotic. They do different varieties, and the newest ones they are trying now is Geisha variety.
Israel Degfa is the producer. He is a young business man in Ethiopia with a sure and steady focus. He owns thirteen washing stations and a farm, across the South and South West of Ethiopia. In previous years the production at these washing stations has been focused on volume but over the last few years Israel has shifted his focus, and is working on the quality of processing across his washing stations as priority.
It was this shift in focus that caused Israel to look for different ways to market his coffees, ways that would facilitate and value his new emphasis on quality. It was from this point that we began to work with Israel, visiting his washing stations and learning about his business, we also began to know him through this process.
Through this relationship we have been able to cup through coffee’s processed by Israel’s washing stations with him in our lab in Addis, and with the team back here in Oslo and share what we value in the cup and the kind of profiles we are looking for. He has also given us a lot of scope to access his coffees and take sample material for assessment, as well as permitting our specific instructions on milling prep for the lots we purchased from him.
The natural processed coffee from Bale is processed on the farm, whereas for washed he takes it to nearby Mokanisa Bulga washing station for processing.