The third lot of the year that we’ve secured thanks to Nordic Approach’s budding relationship with a new exporter: SNAP Coffees. This lot from Yirgacheffe, specifically the Chelbesa kebele, is delivering us a tonne of tropical, fruited tones.
Around 400 smallholder coffee farmers in the Chelbesa kebele have contributed towards this lot. The varieties being grown are Wolisho, Dega & Kurume, which are tended to completely organically in a semi-forest system. Each farmer has between 1 and 2 hectares planted with coffee, amidst bananas and natural shade trees, with 1,500 to 2,400 coffee trees per hectare. Each tree only produces around 3kg of coffee fruit per season, which will be delivered on foot or by mule to the newly built Danche washing station.
Their ApproachSituated at 2,160 metres the Danche wet mill was only established last year. It is the second site that SNAP Coffees are operating in the Chelbesa kebele, the other being Worka washing station. After depulping the received coffee cherries using an Agaarde disc pulper the coffee is fermented under cool water in ceramic tiled tanks for 72 hours, before washing and grading in long channels. The seeds are effectively graded by density in these channels and will be graded again once fully dried when the quality is refined at the dry mill using vibrating density sorting tables. It makes for a really lovely product for us to roast, as the seeds are small and compact yet very dense, allowing a very efficient transfer of heat through each seed and the entire batch.
SNAP Coffees was established in 2008 by Negusse Weldyes and are responsible for the running and operation of several coffee washing stations including Raro Boda, Danche & Refisa, all of which have featured in our coffee range this year.
Abenezer Asfaw is in charge of logistics and supply chain mapping, and is the liaison for Tropiq, which is Nordic Approach’s sister company with a team on the ground in Ethiopia year-round. Abenezer and his team oversee the processing facilities but also take on the task of dispensing agricultural knowledge to their contributing farmers. They are committed to recycling waste by-products from coffee processing at each of their stations where they have also built schools and provided them with computing equipment from the other arm of their business which is in electronics.
They intend to improve the roads to streamline access to the washing stations as well as build health clinics to provide access to better healthcare for their contributing farmers as well. Of the three lots we’ve secured this year this one from Danche is certified organic, and SNAP Coffees are working to have all their coffees certified organic by 2021.
Chelbesa, Yirgacheffe, Gedeo Zone, SNNPR, Ethiopia
Densely packed with vibrant fruit notes, look for roasted peach & tinned pineapple. Aromas of dried violets & gingerbread linger in a super clean finish.