Our Coffees Nigasu Wesy

Nigasu Wesy
Nigasu Wesy

Dried strawberries and fresh melon with funky acidity and syrupy body

We bought this lot from Nigasu Wesy through the Operation Cherry Red programme set up by Trabocca (trabocca.com – please see Tessema Edima). Nigasu Wesy and Obesie Worera grow coffee and false banana on their farm in Yirgacheffe. False banana is an extremely handy plant and has many uses including starch for bread, feed for animals and shade for coffee. It is the staple crop in Ethiopia and will become more important world-wide as it is generally hardy and productive in a wide variety of climates. Our coffee from Nigasu is processed using the Natural method – where the cherry is picked and then left out on raised platforms to sun-dry. The cherry is turned every few hours to ensure uniform drying and to prevent over-fermentation or mould growth. The coffee reaches the ideal moisture level six to eight weeks after picking and then it is hulled and milled to remove the dried skin and parchment. A delicious natural process coffee is a tricky thing to get right, but coffee in Ethiopia has been processed this way for centuries (since coffee was first roasted and ground for brewing) and the farmers have generations of experience and tradition behind them.