Varietal: Heirloom Altitude: 1950-2100 meters Processing: Natural Taste: Grape, Chocolate & Red Apple
Ardi honors origins. Ethiopia is known as the birthplace of the coffee tree, and the place where human evolution began. This uniquely sweet, heirloom variety coffee is named to honor a famous early human fossil discovered in Ethiopia. Since first tasting these striking beans, Keffa has worked closely with partners in Sidama to ensure the quality of the processing, storing, and shipping of this exceptional coffee.
This coffee is from Guji, Anasora area. It is a new coffee production area with the highest altitude and super beautiful quality sourcing area. Kerchanshe washing station has a strong base in Anasora and working with farmers to improve quality and to ensure their finances has to be improved.
There are few views as striking as a hillside washing station with more than 300 raised beds full of crimson cherries drying in the sun. After small farmers harvest their coffee and bring it to their local mill, hundreds of skillful workers continue to sort out overripe and underripe cherries. The coffee dries on raised beds for 8-10 days and is rotated every 30 minutes to promote even drying. The time spent on the raised beds is complemented by 2-3 days of final drying on a concrete patio.