Natural process coffees can be many things, as well as crowd dividers. Processing has improved hugely over the last few decades, to the point that naturals are often as clean as washed coffees, just with riper complexity. Aricha is such a great example of a fruity, fresh complex coffee that you can brew in almost any way.
Aricha Washing Station
Owner: Faysel Yonis
Manager: Adham Yonis
District: Gedeo Zone
Harvest: November to February
Rainy season: March to September with a dry month in May.
Roast; Light filter.
Aromatics: Boozy red fruits Body: Light Acidity: Medium; Citrus & stonefruit
As soon as drinking temperature is near, this coffee is intense! Everything happens at once, like a positive assault on the senses. Frontend sweet grapefruit and gooseberry are dominant, cooling into subtle ripe blueberry, lime and yellow plums. The longer it cools the sweeter the liquor becomes. For a natural, this is incredibly clean as well as complex.
1-2. Longer extractions have been delicious, 30-40 seconds around 93C has worked really well. These also work in milk, if they need to.
Aricha Washing station has been revived. A former deserted washing station is now a hub for over 1000 smallholder farmers and delivering some of the best coffee in Ethiopia. In the hills surrounding the station, you find four coffee communities; Aricha, Gersi, Idido, and Reko Onancho. It wouldn’t be right to copy and paste all of Trabocca’s work here, but if you would like to see the whole SUPPLY CHAIN, you can.
Although I haven’t been to Aricha, I know a man well, who has! We have worked with Trabocca since 2006 (?) and they are our main source of Ethiopian coffees.