This honey-processed filter coffee from Aricha washing station in Yirgacheffe is outstanding.
With delicate flavour notes of blueberry and candied fennel, this high-quality, characterful coffee really sings.
About Aricha Washing Station
Aricha washing station is in a beautiful valley in Yirgacheffe, where the farmers start their day singing a prayer, blessing their crops and the day ahead. Aricha washing station buys coffee from around 750 small farmers with farms of about 2 hectares each.
Coffee cherries are picked and sorted by hand. The cherries are de-pulped to remove the skins and some of the mucilage before being graded by density in water.
The coffee is fermented for 36-48 hours, soaked, then piled in layers and dried for 12-15 days. Once dry, the coffee is hand-sorted, then the husks, parchment and any remaining fruit are removed at the dry mill.
Why we love this coffee
The Yirgacheffe region has a significant reputation for producing some of the most sought-after micro-lot coffees in the world thanks to high altitude, fertile soil and consistent rainfall alongside an abundance of local knowledge.
This coffee is a stunning example of why coffees from Yirgacheffe are so sought-after. Aricha Honey has bags of complexity in the cup and is perfectly balanced with plenty of sweetness. We love it.
How to brew Aricha Filter
For this fresh filter we like to use a pour-over method like a V60.
Use 33g of medium-ground coffee for 500ml of filtered water, poured with precision (using a coffee kettle if you can) and aiming for 3-3.30 minute extraction.
Meet the roaster
Aricha Honey was roasted by our Head Roaster, Tommy on Betty, a 1955 Probat drum roaster, lovingly modernised and rebuilt by the team at Extract Coffee Roasters. Tommy has a real soft-spot for honey-processed coffees and this juicy number from Yirgacheffe , Ethiopia is no exception!