Ethiopia - Biloya (Natural) - Filter
Biloya's back with a twist! This lot is natural process, unlike our previous Biloya that was washed. The processing makes a huge difference. Still sweet and delicately fruity, the flavours that come through are oh so different.
- Region: Yirgacheffe
- Varietal: Heirloom
- Process: Natural
- Elevation: 1850 masl
- Weight: 250g / 1KG
- Roast: Filter
Coffees brought to the Biloya washing station are grown between 1700-2000 meters above sea level. There are several tiers of drying tables on the slope below the washing station and Biloya’s workers turn and sort the cherries by hand as the coffees dry on raised beds. The mesh material allows for airflow both above and below the coffee to prevent the formation of any mildew or mold. It takes between 18 and 21 days for cherries to dry. Naturally processed coffees are milled to remove the dried cherry pulp and parchment at once, then stored in a warehouse 50cm from the wall and 15cm from the floor before transport to the final processing warehouse in Addis Ababa where it is color sorted and packed for shipment.
Biloya employs both men and women and the 211 smallholders delivering cherry to Biloya grow coffee on farms that average roughly 0.5-2 hectares in size with common shade trees Bibira, Cordia Africana, and the subsistence crop Ensete ventricosum.