Demeka Becha - Honey
Demeka Becha - Honey
Tasting Notes: Peach, Lavender, Sparkling
Origin: Ethiopia - Bona Zuira, Sidama
Farm/Co-op: Demeka Becha
Varietal: Ethiopia Landraces
Sourced By: Catalyst Coffee
*Coffees are roasted every Monday/Wednesday and shipped Tuesday/Thursday.
From our importer:
"Demeka Becha site is situated at the top of a hill, which is ideal for air flow along the
drying beds. You enter through tin gates which open onto lush green grass and, if you’re lucky, smiling day laborers lined up clapping and whistling their excitement at your visit.
The Demeka Becha site is owned by Ayele Tulu, a Sidama man who is deeply
integrated into the local area of Bona Zuria where he has a few sites. His son Tsegab Ayele, who speaks fluent English and is eagerly involved with coffee culture globally through social media, is his right hand and manages the project. Tsegab’s younger brother Abinet (still in college but clearly on route to joining the family business) is responsible for photography and making sure that his dad has a chair and is comfortable.
Demeka Becha site pulls cherries from nearby communities including Dilla Suke, Demeka, Goacho, Becha, and Bashiro Dale—close to 10,000 producers are situated in the areas surrounding the washing station. The situation of the site Producers bring their cherries to be weighed on the characteristic blue scale, logged in the book by Cashier and General Manager, Alemu Gobaro, and floated before being dumped into the cement hopper to begin the journey through the 4-disk Agard pulper and into fermentation tanks and cement washing channels. There are 10 tanks for density grades 1 and 2, and 2 tanks for low density coffee destined for our Community Lot program if it meets our standard, or for the local market. Following fermentation and washing, the parchment coffee is carried by hand to the drying beds where laborers spread it out to the depth of a fingertip and keep it turning until it is dried and moved to the locked storehouse to await trucking to Addis Ababa and final processing."