Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Worka Co-Op - Natural Process - Organically Grown
A classic fruit forward naturally processed Ethiopian with strawberry, raspberry and hints of blueberries, with a creamy body and excellent sweetness.
We’ve been on the hunt for a nice naturally processed Ethiopian coffee for a while now and are thrilled with this coffee from the Work Co-Op from the district of Gedeb in the south of Ethiopia. The coffee is from a group of family farms which are part of the Co-Op, which is in turn part of the Yirgacheffe Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union. This larger Co-op supports sustainable coffee production for its more than 45,000 members.
So what does Natural Process mean?
Natural Process, or Dry Process, refers to picking the ripe coffee cherry and letting the cherries dry intact either on raised beds or concrete patios in the sun for up to 4 weeks. The fruit pulp and parchment are then mechanically removed revealing the green coffee bean. Careful attention to drying is of utmost importance during this process - all of the beans need even sun and airflow to produce a consistent product. This is the oldest method for processing coffee and is fraught with possible pitfalls like ferment, uneven drying and insect damage. When done with care and attention a dry process coffee tastes magical with great sweetness, pure fruit flavors and huge body.