This is our newest natural processed Ethiopian offering, which loudly boasts the signature fruitiness and complexity that we have come to adore from these amazing coffees. Our Chelchele was sourced through the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX), which was created in 2008 as a way to protect small farmers from market forces that might prevent them from making a living. Complete lot traceability is virtually impossible under this system, but it does guarantee prompt payment to the farmer. Here's a quick rundown of how the ECX works, courtesy of our friends at Cafe Imports.
- Farmers deliver cherry to local wet mills. Some wet mills pay a premium for better quality cherry, some do not.
- The wet mill then delivers parchment coffee to a delivery station warehouse. In Yirgacheffe, this delivery station is in Dila.
- Coffees are labeled with a region and then are graded based both on physical qualities as well as cup quality. Higher quality coffee fetches a higher price.
- Coffee is categorized into 81 generic grades of coffee at the ECX: Processing: Washed, Un-washed, Region: Yirgacheffe, Sidama, Limu, etc. Flavor: A (Representative of region's cup characteristics) B (Less so), Grade: 1-9 (defect count)
- Traceability on the coffee an exporter purchases through the ECX will, at most, be labelled as “Yirgacheffe: Konga” or “Sidama: Borena.”
- Once a specific lot is purchased, it is then shipped to the buyer (typically an exporter in Ethiopia).
- Full lots come divided in 30 bag chop sub-lots (parchment). Exporters who are buying and selling many containers will cup through the sub-lots to select the top lots and build a full container from these.
Varietal: Ethiopian Heirloom