At the washing station, Chelbessa’s team ensures that only the ripest cherries are processed. After being sorted, coffee is pulped and then fermented for 24-36 hours, depending on the weather conditions. Once fermentation is complete, the parchment is thoroughly washed in clean water and send through grading channels, which separate each lot into two grades based on density. Once graded, the coffee is soaked in clean spring water in tanks for 12-24 hours to remove all traces of fermented mucilage.
Once parchment is fully washed and soaked, it is laid to dry on raised beds for 10 to 14 days. During this time, the parchment is regularly turned and hand sorted several times to remove any damaged or discolored beans. Drying parchment is covered with plastic during the hottest hours of the day to protect the parchment from drying too quickly. Equally, it is covered overnight to prevent condensation from seeping into the drying parchment. This labor and love result in a truly exquisite cup profile.
Blood orange, lemon, mint