Chele'lektu is a nice example of a clean tasting dry process Yirg. Fruit flavors taste ripe, peak sweetness, but still close out the finish quite clean. Peach, guava, mango, grapefruit - it's all in there, and makes for a complex cup. Acidity is medium, and there's even slight florals in there. Nice! City to Full City.
This lot is from a specific station in Chele'lektu Kebele. Like Kochore, the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange buys a lot of coffee from the region, and so there's literally tons of "Chele'lektu coffee on the market. But this isn't through the ECX, but purchased through a group who manage a couple mills in the region, paying top price for access to much of the coffee grown at higher altitudes. The mills take deliveries from local farmers, carting coffee down from the highlands, and use traditional washing methods then laying the wet parchment to dry on raised drying beds. The operations are beautiful to see, and keeping the coffee on perforated drying tables facilities a very gentle dry cycle, helping the parchment to remain intact, offering maximum protection. This coffee has been milled to Grade 1 standards, so other than some pulping knicks and such, the green coffee looks very clean. In addition to floatation and sorting at the drying beds, they do a meticulous final hand sort before bagging up the green coffee - you can see this in the first photo at this particular mill. And for you drum roasters, expect some small 15 screen beans to fall through, but shouldn't impede roasting.
Chele'lektu is loaded with sweet fruits all the way through, so apparent and clean. When grinding the coffee, we were bowled over by the fragrance wafting up from the cups. A scent of ripe peach, or stone fruit nectar, comes up, syrupy rich and pectin sweet. There's an array of tropical fruits too, that are really fleshed out with hot water. The crust has a strong note of mango puree, raisin, cinnamon stick, and even a jasmine scent on the break. This is a stunning brewed coffee, and boasts notes of fruits at their peak ripeness, while remaining very clean and refreshing in the finish. Citrus highlights the cup from hot to cool, shifting from white grapefruit to sweet Naval orange as the temp drops. Tropical fruits like guava, and passion fruit come out as it cools, and there's a juicy apple flavor that hangs on in the finish. Often naturals lack acidity, but this isn't the case with this coffee, showing a brightness that's like fresh fruit juice. It's remarkable to have naturals that are this clean! It's a sweet and special coffee, dessert-like in every way.