Altitude: 2100 masl
Notes: Black Tea - Fruity - Jasmine
Konga is about 4 kmsouth of the town of Yirgacheffe, near to the villages of Harfusa and Biloya. The weather in this area isdistinctly cool and wet, contributing to the verdant, fertile setting. Kongais a central hub for coffee in this region. Roughly 2000 localsmallholders grow coffee at altitudes of up to 2100 masl, and deliver ripe cherry to the station during harvest season, where it is weighed, washed and sun-dried on raised beds before being transported to Addis Ababa for export.
Yirgacheffe is both a town and grade of coffee in Ethiopia. The town itself is located in the Gedeo zone in the Southern Nations and Nationalities Peoples Regional State (SNNPRS) in Southern Ethiopia. More than any other country, Ethiopia has a broad genetic diversity among its coffee varieties. Hierloomvarietals are a wild and mysterious mixture of indigenous wildflower varieties, and each zone or village has its own flavour profile, shaped over many years according to growing conditions such as soil and elevation and climate. These profiles form the grading system for Ethiopian coffees e.g. Sidamo, Harrar, Limu, Djimmah etc. It is widely argued that a Yirgacheffe grade coffee can offer one of the most distinctive flavour profiles in the world, with pungent floral aroma and intense citrus flavour.
Processing in Yirgacheffe can take the form of both washed and natural. Much of the coffee production inEthiopia is undertaken using traditional methods; under shade trees alongside other crops and without the use of chemicals. This region isoften referred to as ‘garden coffee’ as it is grown on very small plots, often in the back yard of small dwellings.
Coffee in Ethiopia has been traded on the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange since 2008. The ECX was established to create an element of collective bargaining for farmers who are not members of cooperatives or owning large estates. Previously, only a third of all the agricultural products produced in Ethiopia reached the market due to the high costs and risks involved with trading. There was no assurance of product quality or quantity which meant buyers would only trade