roast profile: FILTER
tasting notes: COCONUT - ORANGE JUICE - HONEY
location: OROMIA, MASHA/KAWO
washing station: SHEKA
producer: MOPLACO KAWO KAMINA
elevation (MASL): 2100
This is our first coffee from Moplaco’s own farm, Kawo Kamin.
The Sheka forest is located in the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNPR) in the far southwest of the country near the border with South Sudan. The forest is a sanctuary of birds, animals and trees, is also one of the largest areas of indigenous forest remaining in Ethiopia, known for its production of wild honey. Here, coffee is grown in synergy with the Sheka forest, using the indigenous forest as shade for the trees, keeping biodiversity alive. This also has a positive effect on coffee quality, the plants are well-nourished and grow in ideal moist conditions under the forest canopy.
This carefully produced fruits are taken to Moplaco’s Sheka mill to be processed. This station is Moplaco’s newest, and has mainly produced natural coffees so far, as the large fermentation tanks required to produce washed coffees are still under construction. Sheka doesn’t have access to the large de-pulpers seen throughout the rest of the country, as so far it has not produced any washed coffees. This means that to accomplish this honey process, the entire lot had to be de-pulped using a small hand cranked de-pulper, before being dried for 17 days on raised beds. Plastic covers are often used, and the drying takes slightly longer than it would in much of Ethiopia due to frequent rains and cool temperatures.
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