LAYO TERAGA, ETHIOPIA
Cooperative & Washing Station: Layo Teraga
Region: Guji, Oromia Zone
Elevation: 1900-2200 masl
CUPPING NOTES: Apricot, Lime, Assam Tea, Simple Syrup.
Washing stations are an incredibly important part of the coffee ecosystem in Ethiopia. Farms are often 1 to 2 hectares and farmers have limited access to processing equipment. In order for smallholder farmers to steward the quality of their crop, high-quality washing stations are placed throughout the growing regions. Farmers bring bags of freshly picked cherries to a nearby washing station where in turn the coffees are processed and sold. It is the job of the mill to ensure outgoing lots are of a consistent quality, resulting in the best pricing for its smallholders. This requires intense attention to detail and adaptability from crop to crop.
Our newest 03 offering comes from the Layo Teraga washing station located in the Guji zone of Oromia, in the Uraga district of Ethiopia. Layo Teraga is one of the most well cared for washing stations in all of Ethiopia and it operates under the umbrella of the Oromia Coffee Farmer’s Cooperative Union. It is known for its consistency and quality, which are a direct result of its state of the art equipment, meticulous separation, and detailed drying practices.
Coffees processed at Layo Teraga are typically grown as garden coffees in Uraga’s rolling hills. With its dense forests, this area is perfect for quality coffee production. Processing at Layo Teraga is fairly standard for washed Ethiopian coffees. Disc de-pulping is done with water on McKinnon machines, with underwater fermentation for up to 48 hours, washing in elongated channels, soaking overnight in tanks and drying anywhere from 10-18 days on raised beds. As always the beds are covered up to protect parchment from the intense mid-day sun between 11am - 3pm.
This coffee has delicate notes of Assam tea and juicy stone fruits with a structured sweetness. It is topped off with tart apricot and lime acidity. The body is tea-like with a sweet syrupy finish.