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Gelana, Ethiopia (Red Catuai)

Gelana, Ethiopia (Red Catuai)

Ripe grape and a smooth buttery texture characterise this natural by Israel Degfa.

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Character

Clean, thick texture, chocolate and grape.

Brewing

Filter and espresso.

Resting

Before brewing, rest beans for a minimum of 7 days for filter and 14 days for espresso.

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Brazilian varietal in Ethiopia.

After working with Israel Degfa’s geisha, we are excited to share this red catuai natural from the same farm.

This coffee introduces an interesting concept; conveying a smooth chocolate mouthfeel of the Brazil varietal paired with the typical juicy fruit nature of an Ethiopian. With the ever-increasing technological advancements aiding coffee production, Israel’s team are able to use innovative techniques to control every agronomic practice through leveraging technology.

Israel’s ambition to experiment with coffee varieties has helped to improve uniform growth for coffee seedlings, resulting in beautiful naturals like this red catuai.

The Producer

This coffee is produced on Israel's private Gelana farm in the Yirgacheffe region. The Gelana Dry Mill is very labour intensive with 500 raised beds, 48 permanent staff and approximately 500 members of temporary staff during the harvest season. The Gelana coffee farm covers 1.5 hectares of coffee cultivation with much of the farm running under greenhouse conditions.

In this greenhouse, every agronomic practice is computer controlled using smart techniques. The farm acts as a starting point for many of Israel’s new variety experiments and helps to improve uniform growth for coffee seedlings. Initially established to cultivate the Geisha variety, the farm has also been used more recently to explore traditional Brazil varieties.

This year, our sourcing partner has imported three different coffees that started their life at Gelana - a testament to the farm’s success. As well as offering new cup profiles, the work at Geisha farm is monitored by teams of agronomists to help contribute to variety research in the face of climate change.

  • Production Data

    Produced by Israel Degfa
    Region - Yirgacheffe
    Grown at 1500-1750 masl
    Varietal - Red Catuai
    Harvest - January 2022
    Process - Natural

  • Natural Process

    Natural coffees (also referred to as sun-dried or dry-processed coffees) are dried in the fruit that surrounded them when they grew. With the natural process, after the cherry has been picked it is laid out on patios or drying tables.

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