This coffee is the first in our "Afro-Funk" series.
This series showcases some really funky Naturals we find throughout Ethiopia.
Banco Kochere comes from about 2000 smallholders in the Gedeo county, more specifically the Kochere woreda which sits between Arru & Gedeb.
This is the second harvest we've purchased & it tastes much different from the last one! With a more winey profile & less lactic than last harvest, it's a nice coffee that will swing from summer into fall very well.
Most contributing farmers own less than a hectare of land, and they grow coffee simply as a backyard cash crop. Coffee will usually be planted alongside other subsistence crops such as sweet potato, mangos and avocados. Most coffee grown in the region is 100% organic, though not certified, as farmers simply don’t have the money to apply chemical fertilisers, pesticides or herbicides. It is important to note that varieties in Ethiopia fall within two main groups – regional or local landraces which is awesome. It's the same as drinking beautiful natural wine made with grapes indigenous to that specific part of the country & region.
The work these local farmers do is harder than anything we do here in our 1st world country, roasting, brewing, & drinking coffee they have tediously & painstakingly grown, processed & packed for us. Without them, we have nothing.