Origin: Ethiopia, Yirgacheffe
Producer: Masreshu Sima & Testi Coffee
Process: Full Washed
Tasting notes: Orange mandarin, pear, caramel, peach, red currant, earl grey, chocolate
Every year, the Trabocca office in Amsterdam receives thousands of samples, but a particular one caught their attention on the cupping table in December 2013.
The Reko washing station is named after the Reko-Mountain, a tall and skinny mountain towering above the hills of Kochere. The meaning of Reko is “challenge” in Afaan Oromo. It refers to the challenge of climbing the Reko-mountain. Masreshu Sima, the founder of the Reko washing station and Faysel A. Yonis, founder of Testi Coffee, adopted the name and its symbolic value; as their challenge to cultivate the best Yirgacheffe coffee.
They set a standard for neighbouring washing stations that they sustain coffee communities and deliver incredible coffee year after year. The reason of success?
- The training and education of staff and suppliers. Testi Coffee gives pre-harvest training to all partners.
- Good, quality selection and separation; only red cherries are selected, and processed coffees are kept separate by harvesting-time and geographical area.
- Monitoring and control; the lots are watched closely by professional site managers.