ETHIOPIA KAYON MOUNTAIN NATURALSINGLE ORIGIN
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- Tasting Notes
- Harvest Notes
- Farm Notes
Roast Level: Light
Aroma: Fruit pastry
Flavor: Blueberry, tropical fruit, and chocolate
Finish: Watermelon and orange
Farm: Kayon Mountain Farm
Region: Shakiso District, Guji zone, Oromia
Altitude: 1900-2200 m
Varietals: Ethiopian heirloom varietals
Harvest: November - January
Production Method: Natural
Longtime Lexington Coffee fans know we just adore beans from Ismael Haseen Aredo’s Kayon Mountain Coffee Farm. In fact, we love Kayon Mountain so much that we brought in two separate coffees from the farm – a Natural Process, seen on this page. And a Washed Process, which you'll also find on our Single Origins page. While both coffees are grown and processed at Kayon Mountain Coffee Farm, the two coffees taste very different!
In a Natural or Dry Process, coffee cherries are picked and rinsed before being laid out in the sun, turned often to avoid mold, fermentation, or rot. Once dry, the outer excess of the cherry is removed mechanically. Years ago this process was often deemed a cheaper, less desirable process associated with less desirable coffees. However, it is the traditional processing method in some countries – such as Ethiopia – and there is great demand for those high quality coffees undergoing high quality natural processing, such as this coffee. Why? When done carefully, natural processing can bring out incredible fruit tones, particularly blueberry and strawberry. In a high quality operation like that at Kayon Mountain Farm, the labor-intensive drying process takes between 12 and 20 days.
Ismael’s Kayon Mountain Farm is located about 510 kilometers south of Addis Ababa. The 500 hectare farm features a staff of 25 full-time and 300 seasonal employees who benefit from free transportation services as well as Ismael’s financial support for local schools and community centers. Ismael and his family tend to pay higher wages to incentivize the seasonal employees return year after year, a human capital investment which helps Kayon Mountain produce some of the finest coffees in Ethiopia.