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Ethiopia Zelelu

Huckleberry Roasters

Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia is easily one of our favorite coffee growing areas in the world.  Almost any coffee roaster will gush about how coffee originally evolved in Ethiopia, and most of us gravitate to Yirgacheffe's characteristic refreshing, fruity, delicately citrus, and intensely floral flavors.  Even in a region known for truly extraordinary coffees, Zelelu stands out, and we couldn't be happier to roast this coffee for the third year running.

Most of the names of our Ethiopian coffees refer to a cooperative or washing station that collects coffee from hundreds - if not thousands - of producers. Since Ethiopian coffee is usually grown on small family plots, it has rarely made financial sense to export single families' coffee.  

Zelelu, however, is the name of a single family.  Over the last few years, the Yirgacheffe Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (YCFCU) has undertaken the hard work to identify the few YCFCU members whose coffees shine above the YCFCU's already incredibly high standards.  These model farmers not only receive better pricing for their lots, but are given the responsibility of acting as mentors for other YCFCU farmers, with the goal of increasing quality and coffee prices for the entire group. The Zelelu family is one of the model families in the Addis Katema cooperative, which is based around the town of Wenago.

Zelelu Ararso (husband), Kasech Zelelu (wife), and their family grow exceptional coffee, and with an on-farm wet mill (a rarity in Ethiopia), they're able to manage not just cultivation and picking, but also their coffee's washing and drying. This year's coffee has wonderful florals, a balanced lemon-lime brightness, and is rounded out with sweet honey, peach, and melon flavors. We're happy to have a chance to show off the YCFCU's hard work to advance coffee quality and transparency, and we think you'll love this deliciously refreshing and unique coffee grown by the Zelelu family.

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