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Halo Beriti Carbonic Maceration Micro-lot

Boledu Industrial PLC
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Origin
Ethiopia
Producer
Boledu Industrial PLC
Variety
Heirloom
Process type
Experimental
Altitude range
2090m - 2150m
Harvest period
November, 2022 - January, 2023
Algrano's cupping score (SCA)
87.75 points
Updated April, 2023
ID
ET-103-202211
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The coffee story

Boledu, founded in 2018, means "source" in the local language and combines over 12 years of experience in coffee from both Abyote Ageze and Mebrahtu Aynalem. "We have been producing and exporting both natural and washed high-end traceable qualities in our own washing stations located in the Guji zone, Dimtu Hamblea, Yirgacheffe, Aricha and Gedeb. We also have vertical agreements  in Uraga and in Sidamo, collecting quality coffees from different small farmers." 

By vertical integration, Mebrahtu means the coffee is sourced directly from the washing stations and not purchased from the Ethiopian Coffee Exchange (ECX). "We prefinance the washing station owners and he agrees to supply us. If I was to get a good coffee at the ECX I wouldn't necessarily be able to do it again in the future. There is no transparency. For consistency, I must have an agreement directly with the washing station. I also have an agronomist there to help prepare the coffees," he explains.

"The farmers we work with have been working with us for a good time. Before the harvest, we train them and explain the standards of cherry collection for specialty coffee and the premiums that come with it. We have a quality supervisor at the washing stations looking into who is bringing good quality and who isn’t. Their job is really important! They know when someone mixes unripe cherries with the ripe ones. Up to 10% unripe is okay and we will sort them at a later stage, but if farmers bring more than that we know we might not work with them until they agree to the standards."

Internal prices for cherry have been high for the second consecutive year. In the Yirgacheffe area, buyers were paying 24 Ethiopian birr in November 2020 according to Mebrahtu. He says Boledu was paying around 25.50 birr to be above the competition and secure the supply. “However the farmers know they need to bring us the ripe cherries. And we buy from 10 to 16 thousand kilos of cherry every day during harvest season," he says.

For micro-lots such as this "we select the farmers we will work with before the harvest season and train them for 3 days on the best picking practices. We need very good consistency. And as most farms are too small to make a whole lot, we will combine their cherries according to their location, so the same type of soil, altitude, rain patterns, heirloom varieties etc. We will then have to combine their pickings of two days, like Wednesday and Friday for example, to make an interesting volume," Mebrahtu explains. 


Mebrahtu (left) and Abyote (left) receiving their Co certificate


Boledu was among the best-ranked producers on Ethiopia's first Cup of Excellence in 2020. They ranked 21 with a coffee with notes of "cola, cherry, pomegranate, strawberry, cinnamon, pineapple, strong cinnamon sour, fruity, dry fruits, chocolate, mango and cocoa nibs". 

Halo Beriti washing station
Regional State: Southern Nations, Nationalities and People's Region (SNNP)
Zone: Gedeo
Woreda (District): Gedeb Worka
Kebele (Village): Halo Beriti
Altitude: 1950-2150 MSL
Harvest: October-January 
Process: washed, natural and special fermentation
No. of farmers :>2200

The process

This process was inspired by wine producers. The cherries are placed in containers where the oxygen is physically forced out with compressed CO2 which then allows the bacteria to flourish. In wine, the idea is to break down the inside layers of the fruit and soak all of the juice into the seeds in a controlled fermentation without yeast as opposed to coffee which uses whole cherries that undergo fermentation to break down the cell walls of the mucilage from inside out. The pH and temperature of the tank are closely monitored. When the cherries are taken to the drying beds their skin has lost of a lot of their bright red colour and turned into a stained orange. The cherries are sun-dried on African beds in thin layers with constant moving to ensure an even drying of the coffee. The result is a lively coffee with accentuated fruits and a clean with a vibrant finish, perfect as a filter brew. Notes of peach, mango and honey.

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