Ethiopia – Alaka
During the London Coffee Festival we attended the Falcon Ethiopian crop cupping and stumbled across this gem. A wine processed natural, lots of citrus fruits, florals. one of the most interesting Ethiopians we have had in a while.
We have limited the bags to 200g so grab a bag while you can, we only have 60kg's available.
||Alaka Village, West Guji, Oromia
||Wine Process Natural
||2000 - 2300 masl
||74110,74112 & Heirloom
Buno Coffee Trading operates as a dedicated exporter, overseeing the operations of seven well-placed washing stations in Guji, Ethiopia. Situated at an impressive elevation of over 2000 meters above sea level, the area uniquely influences the coffee-growing environment, fostering an ideal setting for the cultivation of exceptional coffee beans. The presence of vibrant, young coffee trees adds to this appeal, as their gradual maturation process contributes to the development of coffee beans known for their distinct and delightful flavors, appealing to coffee enthusiasts around the world.
The charm of the region is further enhanced by the meticulous efforts of the diligent local producers. These committed individuals nurture their coffee crops amidst the rolling hills and outskirts of villages, a harmonious coexistence between agriculture and nature. The shade provided by Cordia Africana, Acacia, and Albizzia trees not only protects the coffee plants but also adds to the unique character of the beans.
Inaugurated in 2018, Buno Coffee Trading embarked on its journey under the leadership of Mr. Abiyot. He oversees the selection of partner farmers, the cherry processing, and the drying practices, ensuring a meticulous approach to quality. Buno’s focus on collaborating with farmers who tend to plots ranging from 8 to 15 hectares enables a more manageable quality improvement process and the creation of individual micro-lots that highlight each producer’s distinct touch. At the core of Buno’s approach is a sense of partnership and shared values. Farmers who choose to deliver fully ripe cherries after the harvest are rewarded with a premium of one birr per kilogram of cherries. Additionally, Buno supports farmers during the off-season by extending a credit line for harvest-related expenses, a loan that is deducted interest-free from their final payment upon cherry selection.
The story of this exceptional lot is the result of nine skilled farmers, each overseeing an average of six hectares, those farmers are young and willing to explore different ways of processing coffees; in this case they shared the gamble on processing part some of their production in what is called Wine Process.
This particular method is better described here:
- Cherry Overripening: Cherries are intentionally left on the shrubs to overripen, accumulating higher sugar levels.
- Harvesting: Fully overripe cherries are hand-picked from the shrubs.
- Sun-Drying: Cherries are spread in sunlight during the day and stored in tubs at night.
- Extended Fermentation: Cherries undergo a patient 30 to 60 days of fermentation.
- Transition to Raisins: Cherries transform into raisin-like consistency.
- Depulping: Beans are gently removed from cherries using a depulper machine.
- Post-Depulping Drying: Beans are dried again to reduce moisture.
- Ideal Moisture Content: Beans are monitored until moisture reaches 12-14%.
- Unique Cup Profile: Resultant coffee boasts a robust fruity flavor with a wine-like fermentation nuance.
- The wine process unfolds with careful timing and attention, resulting in a distinct coffee cup that captures the essence of both nature and craftsmanship.
Buno acknowledges their hard work by offering a farmgate price that now ranges between 70 to 90 Ethiopian Birr per kilogram of cherry, a reflection of their valued contribution.