Coop Kilenso coffee comes from the village of Kilenso, in the Bule Hora district, which is located in one of the most famous producing regions in all of Ethiopia – Yirgacheffe. The village is located in the southwestern part of the country and sits at 1700 metres above the sea level. Nevertheless, the coffee is grown 2200 metres above the sea level. Kilenso is one of the smallest villages in the District of Sidamo. In the past the coffees coming from here would have been blended into larger lots but today they have decided to focus on higher quality and the specialty coffee market. Kilenso coffee is a testament to the hard-working care and passion put forth by a very small group of people, making this coffee very special and unique.
Once the coffee has been harvested, it is brought to the cooperative wet mill. There the coffee is processed in four steps. First, harvested coffee cherries go to a pulping machine, which separates the bean from the fruit. The pulp is washed away and beans are fed into the fermentation tanks. Then, the beans stay in the fermentation tanks for 10 to 64 hours. Here the mucilage layer is broken down and the coffee’s flavour is naturally enhanced. After fermentation the beans are washed to remove the sticky fluid that has come from the fermentation process. Finally the washed coffee is taken on the hills of mountain, where it is spread on drying trays to dry naturally in the sun.
Light, tropical fruit, bergamot!