Ethiopia - Dumerso
*Farm/Coop/Washing Station: Dumerso
*Roast Level: L1 ⚫⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪⚪
Process: Fully Washed
*Varietals: JARC varieties
*Certifications/Quality: Grade 1 Organic
*Flavor Notes: Jasmine, Mango, Pineapple, Silky
In Dumerso in Yirgacheffe, coffee accounts for over 90% of total income for local families, making it vital that farmers receive fair prices and coffee is carefully processed to add value. At Dumerso washing station, owners Madher and Hirut Berhanu carefully oversee careful processing that ensures this Fully washed lot displays the beloved characteristics of the Yirgacheffe region.
Smallholder farmers cultivate local landraces and JARC varieties at the towering altitudes of 1,960+ meters above sea level in Dumerso, Yirgacheffe. In this region, coffee accounts for over 90% of total income for local families, making it vital that farmers receive fair prices and coffee is carefully processed to add value.
Sisters Hirut and Mahder Berhanu have over 20 years of experience in coffee production. They acquired Dumerso washing station in 2010. The station was built in 1998 but hadn’t operated in years. Hirut and Mahder reopened Dumerso in 2013 and has been producing value-added coffees ever since.
Farmers selectively handpick ripe, red cherries and deliver them to Dumerso washing station. At intake, cherry is inspected and then pulped on the station’s disc pulper. Coffee is fermented for 36 to 48 hours and then washed in clean water. Parchment is laid on raised beds to dry. Workers rake parchment frequently to ensure even drying. They also cover parchment during the hottest part of the day and overnight, to prevent condensation. It takes approximately 7 to 10 days for parchment to dry.