Reko - Ethiopia
Peach cobbler, Honeysuckle, Black Tea
Limited Time Offering Reko hails from a small washing station in Ethiopia's Kochere region. It's named after the mountain that towers above the local hills. The word itself means "challenge," and refers to climbing the mountain. Turns out, it's also a great name for a coffee that's met the challenge of responsible farming, high quality processing, and great flavor.
During harvest, about 850 farmers bring ripe hand-picked cherries to the Reko washing station. Incoming coffee is washed with water from a nearby river, pulped, traditionally fermented, and dried on raised beds. The attention to detail comes through in the cup, with sweetly floral notes of stonefruit and smooth black tea.
Producer Reko washing station
Region Kochere, Yirgacheffe
Elevation 1850-2100 masll
Variety Kurume, Mixed Heirlooms
Harvest Oct - Jan
Masreshu Sima founded the Reko washing station in Kochere, Yirgacheffe in 2001. According to Sima and his team, the success of the washing station is threefold. First and foremost is education. Farmers and washing station employees receive training on pre- and post-harvest best practices. Second is selection. Only healthy red cherries are selected, and farmers are incentivized to pick only when ripe. Third is washing station monitoring. Every Reko lot is assigned to a site manager who is extensively trained in coffee processing. They supervise the lots from cherry to warehouse delivery, monitoring conditions and ensuring high standards are met.