Ethiopia Wet Process Wollega Leka Wato

Ethiopia Wet Process Wollega Leka Wato

Farm Description

What's in a name? This coffee would typically be sold as "Lekempti", a trade name in coffee to designate Western Ethiopian coffees traded through the city of Nekempte, while the coffee actually originates further west in East Wollega, also called Misraq Wellega, which is the Gimbi woreda (state). But don't confuse that with the trade name Ghimbi, which is only for dry-process coffees from the same area. In all that name changing, coffees were also made generic, sold and re-sold by traders, and eventually ended up with the Addis exporters under some name or other. Coffees from this area were considered Yirga Cheffe wanna-bes, and were not given much heed. But as some avenues for more direct purchasing have grown (and others have simultaneously diminished), new coffee sources are emerging. This is the first time we have offered a wet-process coffee from this area once branded Lekempti, except this was a lot that bypassed the trading system. Leka Wato is the name of the farm in Wato town, Leka Delecha district of East Wellega area, west of Gimbi town. The farm is at about 1750 meters, and occupies about 100 hectares.

This coffee is part of our Farm Gate pricing program.

Cupping Notes

The sweet scent from the Wollega is really remarkable. In the dry grounds there is abundant honey, and lemon wafer cookie. There are spice accents in the light roast, a bit of citrus rind, and just a hint menthol-eucalyptus as well. The wet aroma has cane sugar in the lighter roast levels, becoming increasingly caramelly approaching Full City roast. The cup is syrupy in texture, with sweet lemon and pear juice at City roast level. There is an amazing co-presence of sweetness, fruit notes, as well as ripe, bright-toned citrus to the cup. Lemon drop candy, that's a good description. It quickly changes to a dark brown sugar sweetness and more caramelized notes at City+ and Full City roast levels. I would recommend City - City+, since I find the more tarry, dark, pungent finish at Roasted Coffee Pictorial Guide. ">FC+ a little distracting. But in fact it works so well at the lighter roasts, why go darker? My enthusiastic scores represent how sweet, bright and clean this coffee is ... if you like wet-process, high-toned Ethiopia coffees that is. Remember, if you like Sumatras primarily, this might not be a 93 for you!



Lot Size

75 bags x 60 KG in GrainPro

Roast Recommendations

I had great roasts everywhere between City and City+ roasts


Wet Process


Heirloom Varietals    

Grade & Appearance

.2 defects per 300gr, 16-18 Screen


Shipped in GrainPro, vacuum packed at our warehouse
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Low production of coffee fruit in West Ethiopia.

Raised bed drying of wet process coffee

Hand sorting parchment coffee on the beds, W. Ethiopia

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