Ethiopia Halo Beriti - Washed
Region: Yirgacheffe, Gedyo
Location: Halo Beriti
Elevation: 2100 - 2200 MASL
Flavour Notes: White Peach, Pomegranate, Lychee
Halo Beriti processing station sits in the epicentre of an all-time hailed origin of speciality coffee, Ethiopia. Often the case with Ethiopians, the crops are composed of beautifully cultivated and hand-picked local heirloom varieties by 750 small farm holders across the Yirgacheffe region. These cherries go through a slow maturation on the trees for two specific reasons. 1) The farms are situated at a high elevation of 2100 - 2300 MASL, meaning the environmental temperatures stay relatively low throughout the season (20-23 degrees Celsius) , allowing more sugars to be developed within the cherries. 2) The cherries are grown in the shade of other non-coffee crops such as mulberries and legumes to prevent direct sunlight. These collected lots are brought in to be processed as washed, natural and anaerobic natural. This year we have brought in all three processes as they are all shining in its own uniqueness, whilst still maintaining the classic Ethiopian peach bombs.
Of all three processes, this is the one with the most classic Yirgacheffe flavour profile. Initially the floaters are removed in a floatation tanks and fruit flesh is pulped out, remainder of which is placed in water tanks to ferment for 36 to 72 hours depending on the weather conditions. The cherries are then placed on raised African beds for 10 - 12 days. Crisp pomegranate tartness, translucent yet prominent sugars of a ripe white peach and lychee. Perfect cup for a calm start to the day - soothing, gentle and embracing!