Origin Information

Grower
650 producers organized around Cherab na Betesebu | Aricha Mill
Variety
Indigenous cultivars
Region
Aricha, Gedeo Zone, Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples' Regional State, Ethiopia
Harvest
October – January
Altitude
1900 – 2100 masl
Soil
Vertisol
Process
Fully washed after pulping, fermented underwater for 48 hours, then soaked for 48 hours in clean spring water, and finally dried in the sun on raised beds
Certifications

Background Details

Changes in the Ethiopian export rules have opened new opportunities to develop relationships with vertically integrated suppliers.  Royal has seized on the opportunity to work directly with BNT Industry and Trading PLC, which owns and operates a private washing station called Sukke, located in the heart of the coveted Yirgacheffe growing region. Sukke receives cherries from producers who cultivate coffee on just a few acres of land.  Upon arrival, cherries are carefully hand sorted and floated to separate out less dense beans, then depulped, fermented, washed and placed on raised beds to gently reduce the moisture to 11 percent. BNT also has its own dry mill, which allows for traceability all the way through to the final export stage.