Reserva El Pital
Rio Chiquito, Chalatenango
Taste Notes: Apples, Butterscotch, Chocolate, Peach
Roast Level: Medium
Farmer: Ramon De Jesus
Elevation: 1800 m.a.s.l.
Crispy, tropical fruits, cacao nibs, and lemon launch this cup. Next comes flavor notes of nut butter, chocolate graham cookie, and butterscotch. Mellow acidity and a creamy, caramelized mouthfeel rounds out this big-bodied, sensory-packed coffee.
Meet the farmer
The coffee growing community in the Gedeo zone is producing brilliant coffee, but their road has been extra difficult this past year. Just as coffee cherries were ripening and arriving at washing stations, the Gedeo people participated in an uprising protesting foreign (owned by other Ethiopian tribes) enterprises, and many drying stations, coffee warehouses, and small businesses were damaged. Worse, several people died in these uprisings. To make matters worse, the area experienced the heaviest frost since the 1950s, damaging thousands of hectares of coffee as well as enset, a staple food in Ethiopia. According to Catalyst Coffee Consulting, this frost is expected to affect coffee production coming from Yirgacheffe well into the next few years. However, they add that in spite of these hardships, with the new legislation legalizing trading with washing stations which helps eliminate corrupt brokers from the equation, coffee growers are feeling new hope and inspiration.
Where it's grown
The Kochere woreda (district) is found in the Gedeo zone. Here the high altitudes and loamy iron-rich acidic soil give rise to a bright, floral profile ranked as one of the best of southern Ethiopian coffees--strong fruit tea notes along with crisp apple and stone fruit. 15 washing stations service the approximately 25,000 local coffee smallholders there.
The air in the growing regions of Ethiopia is heavy with the scent of coffee flowers--like jasmine and orange flowers, and yet not at all like. Coffee’s origin is shrouded in mystery but is believed to have begun in Ethiopia, where heirloom varieties still grow wild beside the road. As the story goes, a drowsy goat herder named Kaldi noticed his goats were perkier after nibbling on the coffee trees, and tried the cherry for himself. Caffeine was discovered, and coffee’s epic began.