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Ethiopia Aricha Adorsi

Washed Kurume

Christopher C.

Thursday, September 14, 2023

Only five years in, the Adorsi washing station has already become a crucial asset to indie processors and exporters in Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia. Owned and operated by Testi Trading PLC, Adorsi has increased differentiation, traceability, and quality standards in the Gedeo Zone in its short tenure. This month's Roaster's Choice selection is a testament to their hard work. Ethiopia Aricha Adorsi Washed Kurume is grown high between 1,900 and 2,000 meters, at which elevation it takes its sweet time developing bright notes of jasmine, coconut, and powdered sugar. As with most of our core Ethiopian coffees, we're roasting Aricha Adorsi light to highlight as much of the origin flavors as possible.

Ethiopian coffee producers inspecting green coffee beans on a raised bed.

Adorsi producers maintain micro lots of only a half hectare each, on average. Fewer coffee plants equal better coffee, as farmers don't have to spread their attention thin across innumerable plants. Focus is key. Adorsi washes, depulps, and ferments daily. Depending on climate, fermentation can go anywhere from 36 to 48 hours. Parchment and mucilage are removed before the coffee is rotated under parabolic shade for five to seven days, bringing the total moisture content down to around 12%. Testi Trading reinvests earnings in the community and has already built two primary schools. Communities in Guji, West Arsi, and Shantawene have also benefited.

Ethiopian coffee producers inspecting coffee cherries.

We have no doubt African coffee diehards Dave (Lead Roaster) and Todd (Roaster) will be talking about this coffee for a while. If you've been thinking about taking the Roaster's Choice plunge, this coffee would be a great one to dive into. You get an exclusive, smallholder coffee roasted fresh and delivered to your door every month. It's like a fruit of the month club but way better, and we don't stick you with Red Delicious apples (ew). With Roaster's Choice, you only get the best of the best.

Infographic detailing an African coffee with prominent teal and yellow colors.


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