The coffees we tasted from Chelbesa were so good that we bought two coffees this year from the same region and washing station. Baby One More Time is the washed process and this natural or dry processed. Both excellent coffees and interesting to try side by side to see the difference in processing.
Located in Gedeo zone of the Gedeb district, Worka Chelbesa is one of the finest coffee producing areas within the famous Gedeb Woreda. Known for its dense layered semi forest vegetation structure encompassing false banana trees as well as shade grown coffee trees, Chelbesa is a great example of best coffee growing agro-ecology. SNAP Specialty Coffee built their new wet mill in 2019 in a small hamlet called Danche within the Chelbesa Village with the hope of reaching out to purchasing exclusively red cherries from the nearby farmers in Chelbesa Village. Their ambition became a reality after completion of the project. The fermentation tanks of the wet mill were built in ceramic which helps bring clarity to the coffee that they process as well as hasten the fermentation via good thermal insulation.
This lots it has been put together with the production of 495 small hold farmers delivering their cherries to the mill, in the area the most common type of soil is redbrown a particularly fertile type rich in iron and with high acidity content. This particular lot has been processed as traditional natural from the cherry deliveries that constitute the second part of the harvest. Cherries are received and sorted with the help of a series of floatation tank that separates all floaters and immature, during the process of floatation the cherry gets cleaned and after that they have been placed on the drying beds for a period within 28 to 35 days.