CANDIED LILAC, CITRUS PEEL + YELLOW PEACH
From deep in the forests of Guji comes Larcho Torka Forest Coffee, bringing with it elegant flavors of candied lilac, citrus peel, and yellow peach. This dynamic offering features a balanced lemonade acidity and dense, sugared sweetness.
PRODUCER: Abdi Jebril
VARIETY: Ethiopia Landraces
ALTITUDE: 2000-2200 masl
FERMENTATION: 24-48 hours wet
DRYING: raised beds
TASTING NOTES: Candied lilac, citrus peel, and yellow peach; dense, sugared, sweetness
ROAST TYPE: Light / Medium
From deep in the forests of Guji comes Larcho Torka Forest Coffee, bringing with it elegant flavors of candied lilac, a balanced lemonade acidity and dense, sugared sweetness.
Believe it or not, the stellar coffees within this high (the highest in Ethiopia at 2310 masl), densely forested region in the Uraga woreda were once trucked across the border to Yirgacheffe and sold there as Yirgacheffe coffees because no one had yet recognized their distinct character. Nine years ago, before Red Fox was born, Aleco tasted the coffees of Guji Uraga and knew they were unique, second to none, and deserving of differentiation.
Now, nine years later, the coffees within Guji Uraga deserve their own differentiation. In the center of the larger forest of the Uraga region, sky-high at 2510 masl, lies Larcho Torka forest. Managed by lifelong coffee trader Abdi Jebril (brother of Yabitu Koba producer Feku Jebril), Larcho Torka coffee goes through a meticulous process: first, it passes through McKinnon depulpers, then moves into washing channels where it loses the rest of its mucilage. It moves into soaking tanks for another 12 hours overnight, and in the morning, it’s laid on drying beds for eight to ten days.
The next step is key to Larcho Torka’s incredible shelf-life: after drying, the coffees move into the warehouse and rest for a week to condition and stabilize. After that, Abdi and his team hand-sort through the parchment, selecting only the cleanest coffee. Because of its incredible potential, consistently realized through meticulous processing, this coffee not only comes in sparkling, it continues to bloom over the course of the year.