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Ethiopia Worka Chelbesa


Huck’s second washed Ehiopian coffee of the 2018/2019 harvest is clean, bright, and refreshing for the summer heat. Coming at us from the Chelbesa washing station in Gedeb, we’re tasting peach, meyer lemon, and honeygraham in a delicious cup. And we’re roasting the natural, too, so you can try two coffees from the same place, side by side.

We’ve been pretty impressed with SNAP Specialty Coffees over the last few years. They’ve exported and dry milled some of our favorite coffees from the Guji Zone (including this year’s Abdi Jebril), but also own a few washing stations throughout Ethiopia. Chelbesa is one of those stations, and the coffees have exceeded expectations. To be fully honest, we bought both Chelbesa coffees to use in Phantom Limb, but they were too good to not showcase on their own.

468 farmers in Worka Chelbesa deliver coffee cherry to the Chelbesa washing station, where it is sorted, in this case washed, and dried on raised beds. One of the things we love about the entire SNAP network is that they specialize in traceable, smaller lots - breaking the harvest into shorter periods and keeping each period separate. This helps ensure that what we taste when we first approve the coffees truly represents what we’ll roast for you, and that each bag will be consistent with the last. Boring details, maybe, but as we get a bit more involved in our sourcing and digging into where our coffees come from, these are the things we’re looking for to build solid partnerships and get y’all that tasty coffee.

Peach, florals, lemon and honeygraham make for a delicate but super complex cup. Break out the pour over cones, maybe keep the cream in the fridge (but you do you), and dig into some refreshing coffee!

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*washing station photos courtesy Abenezer Asfaw of SNAP.

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