This highly aromatic, vibrant coffee comes from the Chelbessa washing station in Gedeb, Ethiopia. Gedeb is one of our favorite sub-regions of the larger, more famous Yirgacheffe region. Coffees from here tend to have a refined, intense sweetness, alongside the iconic fruit and floral qualities. Over 1,000 small-holder producers transport their coffee cherries, usually by foot or mule, to the Chelbessa mill. The mill is owned by three brothers from the Roba family, who do a meticulous job of keeping quality standards very high. The practice behind the ‘Wine processing’ involves selection only of the specialty coffee left on the shrub two weeks after maturity, leaving the fruit to over-ripen on the branch. Once the coffee fruit is harvested, it is sun dried over several days in a cool climate. This process creates a uniquely strong wine-like cup profile. They are dried on raised beds for 10-12 days.
Chelbessa is an intense, sweet cup with lots of tropical and floral notes. It’s has a very interesting taste structure and a sparkling acidity. The finish reminds us of a dry white wine or black tea, lingering on the tongue. This is a dynamic, memorable cup that perfectly represents everything we love about Gedeb coffees.