Danche Chelbesa (Washed) - Ethiopia
💥 Pomegranate, Pineapple, Floral
Returning for a third straight year, this coffee from Chelbesa washing station owner Negusse Weldyes perfectly personifies the Ethiopian coffees we've been most excited about over the years.
Structured, delicate florals, that are balanced by a light pineapple sweetness, and sparkly pomegranate.
Tastes: Pomegranate, Pineapple, Floral
Feels: First tracks in the world-renowned Okanagan Champagne Powder
Side: *Wild Side
Washing Station: Chelbesa
Washing Station Owner: Negusse Weldyes
Altitude: 1950 - 2100 masl
Varietals: Dega, Wolisho
Fermentation: Wet fermentation for 72 hours
Soaking: 24 Hours
Drying Method: Raised Beds
Drying Time: 10 Days
From Apex Coffee Imports
Danche is a relatively new station established in 2019 in the Chelbesa region of Gedeo, Yirgacheffe. This harvest represents just the third season of coffees from this station and we are very happy to be able to feature them in our 2022 offerings. The Danche mill is owned by Negusse Weldyes who has been working with specialty coffee since 2008. He also owns an exporting company giving him access to feedback that most station owners don’t commonly get directly. His plan for this washing station is to continue to pay top prices for cherries to attract the best farmers in the area to work with him. He is also working on a plan to invest in a health clinic in this area to help the locals access proper health care for themselves and their families.
Smallholder farmers around the village of Chelbesa deliver pre-sorted, ripe cherries to this washing station. The freshly harvested cherries are then de-pulped and placed into clean, concrete tanks for fermentation, a process that takes up to 72 hours. The coffees are soaked overnight for another 24 hours before it is dried on raised beds for 10 days. Coffees are regularly raked and sorted throughout the drying process to ensure consistent flavour development.