Purple Kool-Aid, Dried Mango, White Tea
Origin: Gedeb, Ethiopia
Altitude: 1900-2200 masl
Varieties: 74110, Dega, Wolisho
Coming from the high mountains of Gedeb, the Teshome Gemechu washing station rests within the tiny hamlet of Chelbesa. We have developed fond memories of this area of Ethiopia over the years and this years offering is truly special. In the cup we found powerful fruit notes reminiscent of purple kool-aid, a rich tropical mouthfeel and pleasant aftertaste.
Imported by: Collaborative Coffee Source
We roast on Wednesday/Thursday. Your order will ship or will be available for local pick up on Friday.
Information from the importer:
Teshome Gemechu washing station is directly supported by smallholder farms, which grow their coffee either in semi-forest conditions (farmers pruning and tending to naturally growing coffee trees in forest area) or garden conditions (coffee trees cultivated and tended near a farmer's residence). By sourcing exclusively from these farms, Snap is able to create new opportunities for smallholder farmers whose coffee might not have been marketable as premium specialty coffee. Giving farmers access to state of the art processing through their washing stations creates value for farmers while building consistency and quality.
About the Exporter: Snap Coffee
SNAP COFFEE are licensed exporters, based in Addis Ababa. Headed by coffee-
passionate entrepreneur, Negusse, the company runs, or works in partnership,
with three coffee washing and processing stations:
1. Chelelektu, Kochere District, Gedeo
2. Uraga, Guji
3. Nensebo, West Arsi
The company also own warehousing andprocessing facilities and their own
laboratory in Addis.SNAP COFFEE has been operating for over ten years as licensed exporters of Ethiopian coffee, but recent changes in the Ethiopian Coffee Exchange (ECX) presented a unique opportunity to enter
the specialty market. Previously, standard licensed exporters had to trade coffee through the ECX. Only Unions or producers with over 30 hectares of land could sell outside of the ECX, and only if they had an established buyer. Until 2018, coffees traded through the ECX were stripped of their data, vital information such as farm, region, variety and even water content was lost in the process of
combining and dividing lots. Beginning in 2018, two things happened. First, the ECX restored traceability to coffees traded through their system. Secondly, licensed exporters were given the freedom to sell coffees outside the ECX, giving them the scope to source and develop quality coffee, and pair the right buyer with the right coffee. Why do we work with SNAP? While SNAP were one of the few companies who seized the opportunity presented by these changes in the ECX, their entrepreneurial spirit is not what attracted us to this company, r a t h e r i t i s t h e i r c o m m i t m e n t t o s p e c i a l t y c o f f e e . N e g u s s e i s a n experienced and successful entrepreneur with a passion for coffee, but limited experience in specialty. So, Negusse
surrounded himself with the right people, coffee professionals like Abenezer, who understands the value of coffee through long and dedicated experience. And then there is their commitment to sustainability. SNAP COFFEE invests heavily in education for their outgrowing farmers (those who sell their cherries to SNAP washing stations) through training in processing and cleaning methods. They also invest in waste recycling systems and aim to have the majority of their coffees certified organic by 2021.