Ethiopia Yirga Cheffe Kebele Boji

Floral character in the cup is way out front in light roasts, fragrant Stargazer lily and lilac, with transparent simple syrup sweetness, raw honey, and a tropical/banana note. An aromatic cup at a wide roast range. City to Full City.

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  • Process Method Wet Process
  • Cultivar Heirloom Types
  • Farm Gate No
Region Yirga Cheffe
Processing Wet Process (Washed)
Drying Method Raised Bed Sun-Dried
Arrival date September 2018 Arrival
Lot size 75
Bag size 60 KG
Packaging GrainPro liner
Cultivar Detail Heirloom Varietals
Grade Grade 1
Appearance .5 d/300gr, 15+ Screen
Roast Recommendations City to Full City
Type Farm Gate

A "Kebele" is a geographical area roughly the size of what would be considered a town. So in this case, Boji is the name of the Kebele where this particular coffee processing site is located and is within the greater Yirga Cheffe region. The Boji site is privately owned and the coffees processed here are purchased from outgrowers in the highland areas of Kebele Boji. Hundreds of farmers with very small plots of coffee, often less than a hectare in size, sell their coffee to the station which are then blended together in larger process batches organized by delivery dates. According to our GPS readins, the wet mill and drying beds are at 1815 meters above sea level but coffee comes from as high as 2100 meters. Boji produces both fully washed and dry process coffees. When we visited last December they were processing the final pickings from the September - November harvest, mostly naturals which take a bit longer to process and therefore generally come last.

Light roasts of Boji have a dried cherry and date sugar smell, fruited sweetness that transitions into fragrant, soft warming spice accents. The wet aromatics have a densely sweet stone fruit smell, caramelized sugar reduction and a perfumed fresh floral scent. The floral character in the cup is way out front in light roasts, fragrant Stargazer lily and lilac incite a retronasal response, giving way to  transparent simple syrup sweetness underneath. The sweet undertones at City+ are a bit more honeyed, like raw honey replete with the waxy comb, and both City and City+ have a subtle banana note that adds a subtle tropical aspect to the flavor profile. My darkest roast was a solid Full City level (34F beyond the beginning of 1st Crack) and displayed enormous sweetness considering roast development. It still has that honey/simple syrup undercurrent, cocoa roast tone playing a much smaller role, and lush grape and somewhat more subtle floral notes peek through in the middle and finish.