Altitude: 1900-2200 MASL
Processing: Fully Washed
Tasting Notes: Cherry, Caramel, Melon
Currently this cooperative processes the coffees of some 400 local member farmers. After ripe cherries are delivered to the washing station, they are depulped and left to ‘ferment’ in a water-filled tank overnight. The next day, the coffee is washed and graded through the use of channels that separate the coffee by density. The wet coffee parchment is then taken to shaded beds for 24 hours, where it is picked over for defects and allowed to pre-dry slowly and gently. To finish the drying process, the coffee is moved into the sunlight for 1-2 weeks until the moisture stabilizes and the coffee is ready to mill and export.
Kolla Bolcha comes to from the Agaro region of Western Ethiopia, bringing with it a ripe red fruit character (think cherry and currant), with a Caramel sweetness and slight floral notes of honeydew mellon.