Ethiopia Kolla Bulcha
DIRECT TRADE COFFEE
We found this fully washed coffee coming from Kolla Bulcha to strike a great balance between fruity and floral qualities. Expect a full, juicy acidity like citrus or grape and floral aromatics like jasmine and lavender. This is all held together by a soft, creamy mouthfeel reminiscent of chamomile tea.
- Producer: Kolla Bulcha Farmer's Cooperative
- Country: Ethiopia
- Region: Gera, Jimma
- Elevation: 2000 m.a.s.l - 2100 m.a.s.l
- Variety: Local Heirloom
- Process Method: Washed
- Roast Level: Light Filter Roast
Kolla Bulcha Farmers' Cooperative was established in 2017 and is comprised of 267 smallholders who deliver ripe red cherry to local wet mills from the nearby mountainsides. They’re a member of the larger Kata Muduga Farmers' Cooperative Union, which was established in 2016 for cooperatives in the area to join forces to market and export their coffees. These unified cooperatives are redefining the coffees from this area.
The Kolla Bulcha Cooperative utilizes a Penagos pulper and de-mucilage for producing their washed coffee. In this method, ripe cherries are pulped and immediately go through the de-mucilage chamber on the Penagos, which pushes the coffee across a metal grate that removes all but a tiny amount of the mucilage coating. After this step, the coffee is soaked overnight in clean water to dissolve any remaining mucilage and improve cup quality. After soaking, the coffee is dried on raised beds for 9-14 days, depending on the weather.
TechnoServe, a non-governmental organization (NGO) that aims to create market-based solutions to poverty, has invested in more than 45,000 smallholder coffee producers in Ethiopia through the Enhancing Market Efficiency and Resilience for Growing Ethiopia’s New Coffee Economy (EMERGENCE) project. Kolla Bulcha is one of 45 cooperatives to receive assistance in the form of technology, education, market access, and washing stations - which were a revolution for this area, and gave cooperatives the ability to sell washed grade 1 coffee instead of the historically low quality, and low price fetching natural grade 5.
The washing stations built by TechnoServe were designed to be as environmentally sustainable as possible. Primarily, TechnoServe built these sites with eco-pulpers (de-mucilages) and systems that utilized substantially less water than older washing stations in Ethiopia. The small amount of water that is used in processing goes through filtration done by vetiver grass and then goes into a specific design holding area where the water evaporates more quickly than other designed systems. This system limits the post-process water seepage and runoff which limits the impact on streams and rivers nearby.
18grams of freshly ground coffee to 16-17g water / Slurry temperature (coffee+water): 200 - 205 ̊F / 93 - 96 ̊C / Extraction: 20 - 21% / TDS 1.38-1.41%
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