This is a ‘wild’ coffee, meaning it comes from wild forest trees that are unmanaged, the coffee is hand-picked by small holder farmers using ladders. These small holders belong to a Union known as Bench Maji Forest Coffee Producer Farmers’ Cooperative Union Limited. This Union exports their products on their behalf. The protected forests of Bench Maji are one of the few remaining natural woodland areas left in Ethiopia and are found in the far western corner of the country. The farmers leave the forest undisturbed, only entering during the harvest season, the yield per tree is low and they are usually found far apart, making it an arduous endeavour to collect the cherries and then take them from the forest for processing. This natural processed coffee scored a great 84.75 in SCAA cupping. Personally, I found this coffee to be delightful, good flavour not winey and for a medium roast good body.
You will receive 80 grams of these roasted beans for £5.00 this will allow you to make between 16 and 32 cups of coffee, depending on cup size. Five grams per cup, the quantity of coffee used will be quite personal so these are guidelines only. This works out at between thirty-one and fifteen pence per cup. We also sell larger quantities of this coffee at a more ‘economical’ rate, the price per cup will therefore be lower.