Ethiopia Michiti

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Michiti land is mainly rugged and marshy is located in Kaffa in West Ethiopia. Coffees are cultivated primarily on family owned plots as well as wild pickings from the forests. Coffees from this Co-op are grown through traditional organic practices but is not certified. In 2010, the Michiti co-operative began working with TechnoServe’s Ethiopia Coffee Initiative. TechnoServe, an NGO founded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to provide business advice and resources to increase production and increase the quality of their coffee. The result is a coffee that has a profile significantly different from the classic washed Ethiopians coffees from Sidamo and Yirgacheffe.

  • Cooperative: Michiti
  • Union: Kaffa Forest Coffee Farmers Co-operative Union
  • Origin: Chena, Kaffa, Ethiopia
  • Altitude: About 1885m asl. Coffees are grown in wild forests & semi-wild forests
  • Producers: About 260 smallholders in the surrounding areas deliver cherries to the wet mill.
  • Varietals: Ethiopian Heirloom “Native Kaffa”

Process: All cherries are hand sorted by the farmers and their families for unripes and overripes. After delivering the coffee to the co-operative, the skin on the cherries are removed, de-pulped and mechanically de-mucilaged by a Penagos Eco Pulper. The parchment is soaked for about 10 hours overnight before it is dried on african elevated drying beds. The coffees are also covered in plastic and shade nets during the midday and the night. Parchment is continuously sorted during drying to eliminate defects. After drying the coffee is kept in conditioning bags for two weeks before it is stored in warehouses before milling and exporting.

Tasting notes: Lively aromas of sweet berries and flowers. Distinct floral notes complemented by berry acidity, reminiscent of raspberries. Overall a very juicy cup with a sweet short finish, delicate yet refreshing.

This coffee was sourced through our partner in Norway and we were really excited when we first cupped this coffee couple of months back. We are glad that we can finally share this with you.