This coffee is sourced from the Hafursa Haru washing station located close to Yirgacheffe town by our longtime coffee suppliers DR Wakefield. Washing stations work in a similar fashion to cooperatives where each farmer will sell their cherry for processing, milling and exporting making the production of coffee in the region much more viable for small producers. The area itself has a population of just over 195 thousand, of which only 8% are urban dwellers.
There are 12 fermentation tanks at the washing station and over 169 drying beds. This allows for fast turnaround whilst keeping traceability of the lots, something that is becoming more and more a part of processing in Ethiopia as trade opens up. Washed coffee was introduced in Ethiopia in the 1970’s, with Yirgacheffe being the site of the first one. To further improve the quality, TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) and pH of the water is taken to better control fermentation times. The cherries are picked and then hand-sorted to remove any noticeable defects. Pulped and allowed to ferment, beans are then washed in clean running water and dried down to a humidity level of 11.5% on raised beds. The coffee is stored locally until it is transported to the dry mill facility in Addis Ababa where it is hulled, laser colour sorted, and bagged for export.