We enjoy Belle through all brew methods, it is a multifunctional blend designed with black coffee lovers in mind. It has a clear Ethiopian acidity that becomes sweet when cool. The Colombian component adds to the juicy mouthfeel. We are looking forward to December when we will re-jig Belle to make her an all African blend, the profile will change with the addition of a honey processed coffee from Burundi, making Belle the showcase of the things we love about African coffee. Watch this space, and in the meantime, enjoy!
Preferred Brewing Method & Parameters
Espresso: black and with milk - 19g of coffee, 38g out in 29 seconds.
Filter and Immersion Brewing: 7g of coffee per 100mls of water, with a 4-minute contact time.
NENSBO – SIDAMA, ETHIOPIA
Producer: 764 small lot holders of the Oromia Coffee Growers Cooperative
Altitude: 1650 - 1750 MASL
Varietal:Typica and Heirloom
Process: Washed, traditional 48 - hour fermentation, dried on raised beds over 20 days
Harvest: Processing completed in December 2015
Ripe cherries are delivered to the Badessa mill in, Bedessa, Nensbo. Here they are graded, sorted, depulped and fermented underwater for 36 to 48 hours. Parchment is sorted through washing channels and dried on African raised drying beds where it is dried for up to 2 weeks. This coffee was purchased through the ECX (Ethiopian Commodity Exchange) system.
YACUANQUER – NARINO, COLOMBIA
Producer: Various small lot holders from CAFIOCCIDENTE Cooperative
Altitude:1700 - 2000 MASL
Varietal: Castillo, Colombia, Castillo
Process: Washed, traditional 24-hour fermentation, dried on raised beds over 20 days
Harvest: Drying completed in March 2016
Nariño is a region well known for quality coffee. Located in the south of Colombia, coffee has been produced in this region since the 19th century and is home to over 35,000 farming families who farm less than 1 hectare on average. 90% of farms are situated between 1500 and 2300 meters above sea level and the coffee grown here is some of the highest grown in the country. Coffee grows at such high altitudes due to the relatively stable climate; the average temperature is 19 degrees and ranges between 25.9 and 16 degrees, with rainfall of 1866mm and 1666 sun light hours per year.
Between 1998 and 2009, 18,000 of the 32,500 hectares of coffee in the region was renewed under the Federation’s Competitiveness programme. The main varietals grown are Colombia, Castillo and Caturra and due to the growing conditionsNariño is known for producing quality coffee with clean, crisp, definable acidity. Yacuanquer is named after the town from where the primary collection point is located for the CAFIOCCIDENTE Cooperative and is located in the West of Nariño.
The producers of this regional blend were paid 1,000,000 Colombian Pesos per carga for his coffee (1 x carga = 125kg of dry parchment coffee). The average market rate at the time of the harvest was 740,000 Colombian Pesos per carga.