Mandarin | Mango | Candyfloss
Altitude | 1800 - 2100 MASL
Process | Washed
Variety | Mixed Heirloom
Qore is a privately owned washing station in Kochere, Yirgacheffe, that is consistently producing some incredible coffees. This lot is bursting with ripe tropical fruit, sweet citrus, and light florals, and has a refined sugary sweetness.
The owner, Israel Degfa, owns a number of well-regarded washing stations, some farms, and the exporting company, called Kerchanshe. This allows for some impressive vertical integration and traceability, as well as investment in technology such as colour sorters which further improve quality. Tom, our Roastery Manager, was able to see the benefits of this integration while visiting Kerchanshe's impressive dry mill earlier this year.
Qore has a specific focus on speciality, with a separate production line for special preparation and top lots, and produces some truly fantastic and unusual coffees. It serves around 3000 smallholder farmers, who grow a mix of varieties including wild local varieties and improved hybrids such as Certo and Wolisho. Qore supports its smallholders by providing training to farmers, access to fresh water from a borehole, free seedlings of improved varieties, and by making a second payment back to farmers, to reward high quality production.
At Qore, cherries are sorted in a flotation tank, then pulped and fermented for up to 72 hours, before being washed and graded in channels. The parchment is then soaked in clean water for at least 6 hours, before being dried on raised beds where further sorting and grading takes place to ensure extraordinary quality for the top lots. The results in the cup speak for themselves!
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