Mansa, Ethiopia

Sale price Price $19.00 Regular price

Technical Details: 

Tasting Notes: Strawberry Preserves, Lime Zest, Vibrant
Varietal(s): Heirloom
Processing: Natural
Altitude: 1900-2150 masl
Farmer(s): Smallholder 
Region: Hambela Wamena Woreda

Backstory: 

Coffee is not grown in a vacuum. Land quality, elevation, and access to water, to name a few factors, create unique circumstances which require adaptability and creativity to grow and process coffee. On top of that, so many historical, cultural and governmental considerations influence the look and success of a country’s coffee production; none more so than Ethiopia. 
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You’d be hard pressed to find a country whose history is richer or people more diverse. From a recent census, there are over 80 ethnic groups that call Ethiopia home. Uniting this diversity under a single political system is what has led to much of the challenges this country faces. In fact, as we write, there is currently a civil war occurring in the northern Tigray region of Ethiopia. Our hearts are heavy because of this, and this is the context in which we consider this year’s harvest.
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Like its people, Ethiopian coffees boast a huge variety in regional differences and flavor profiles. This particular coffee hails from the Mansa site located in western Guji of southern Ethiopia. It is managed by Boru Galcha, an experienced coffee processor of 10 years. Amazingly, he organizes 550 smallholder farmers to contribute to 5 collection centers across 2 hectares of land.
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This Mansa coffee is a natural processed coffee. However, prior to being placed on one of the 85 drying beds the Mansa site workers diligently sort and discard all the immature cherries. Once on the drying bed, the cherries are turned frequently, as much as every 30 minutes. The workers also ensure that cherries do not stack too high; generally at 4-7 cm based on their moisture content. At night (or when it rains!) the cherries are covered with tarps for protection. The cherries remain on the beds until they reach 13% moisture content.  This whole process takes 3-4 weeks depending on weather conditions.