(A-ro-ress-a) hails from the well renowned Sidamo region of Ethiopia. The washing station from which it comes is owned by Wochesa Achiso, who works collaboratively with the family owned export company Testi Coffee. This company helps manage quality control at the washing station and assists with the marketing and selling of coffees.
650-750 local growers supply to Aroresa, the majority of these families farm organically on tiny plots of land, which average just 2-5 hectares in size. Coffee is their main cash crop, grown alongside corn, grain, and bananas under the shade of taller native trees. The high elevation in this region is idea for the slow ripening of coffee cherries, leading to denser beans and sweeter more complex cup profile.
Testi Coffee’s objective is the build long term relationships with buyers and growers by producing exceptional coffee and establishing transparent business practices. The company aims to secure high prices for their coffees, which allows them to pay fair and sustainable prices to the growers who deliver cherries to their washing stations.
This coffee has been processed using the washed method, using clean water from the Hamile river. It is classified as Grade 1, the highest quality classification for Ethiopian coffees, indicating a great deal of effort has been put into the selection and grading during processing.
Melbourne Coffee Merchants imported this coffee and we are thrilled to have yet another coffee sourced by them in our cafe. All photos and information have been supplied by them also.
We feel this coffee is well represented by the notes apricot, raspberry, and blackcurrant. It is a beautiful clean washed coffee, available roasted for espresso and filter.