Description

Country Ethiopia
Farmer Qore Magarrisa
Altitude 2000
Region Kochere
Variety Heirloom
Processing Natural
Cupping Score 89
Tasting Notes Apple, Berry, Floral, Sweet, Fresh
Qore, is a privately owned washing station in Kochere, named after the kebele where it is located. They collect cherries from various smallholders in the area which they process as washed, naturals or honeys. The cherries can come from kilometers away in well known areas such as Biloya.

Besides producing stand-out coffees they are certified UTZ and Rainforest Alliance. Qore is located in very high altitudes in Yirgacheffe and is one of our primary washing stations for several reasons. They invest in quality having a specific team that works only with the specialty they produce at the site. They basically have two production lines, one for special prep and one for the normal grades 1-3. This is also one out of 5 washing stations where the owner, Israel Degfa is doing sustainability programs and invest more in quality. They have registered farmer groups and are in the process of certification for rainforest alliance. They do second payment back to the growers and have a quality team to improve the coffees. One thing they implemented this year was flotation systems for all the cherries at arrival.

The farmers delivering cherries are registered and entitled to second payments and premiums, plus they have access to training programs on composting, pruning and mulching and other topics focused on increasing quality and yield. The washing station drilled for ground water which is used in the coffee production and by households in the local community. The altitude is high and the climate chilly. Qore manage traditional wet fermentation, grading in channels by water and drying on raised beds, resulting in a unique character in their coffee.