Outpost Coffee



Outpost Coffee



Chelbesa Wet Mill
Wolisho, Dega
Chelbesa kebele, Yirgacheffe, SNNPR
November - January
1950-2200 meters


Tasting Notes:  Cinnamon, Lemon Zest, Hibiscus, Pear

(Roaster's note:  The staff didn't hesitate to exclaim "Caramel" when simply smelling the roasted beans. The grinding released honey-pear like aromas and milk chocolate. In the cup is where the cinnamon took center stage along with the clove. As the cup cooled hints of hibiscus shined through.

Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Organic Natural Coffee

The Chelbesa kebele (village) is a renowned producing area in Yirgacheffe in the Gedeo Zone of Ethiopia’s Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region (SNNPR). Here, shade-grown coffee thrives under a dense, layered, semi-forest canopy. The Chelbesa wet mill was established in 2019 with the goal of sourcing fresh coffee cherries from hundreds of nearby smallholders. Over 760 producers contributed to this Grade 2 natural processed coffee.

Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Coffee

Considered by many to be the birthplace of coffee, Yirgacheffe needs little introduction. Ancient landrace varieties dominate the smallholder coffee gardens that are often organic by default, tended by farmers who intercrop food crops to maximize the potential of this region’s fertile soil.

Most Yirgacheffe farmers are smallholders farming fewer than three hectares. Coffee is generally sold as cherry to centralized washing stations. This practice helps control quality and allows wet mills to bring out the distinctive Yirgacheffe terroir.

Natural Processed Ethiopian Coffee

In the natural process, only the ripest coffee cherries are harvested. The entire procedure requires thorough planning because drying naturals is a slow process that can take up to four weeks. Coffee cherries are dried whole, without removing any of the fruit. During this stage, the coffee is turned regularly to increase airflow, support even drying, and prevent spoilage. After the cherries have been dried, the seeds (or coffee beans) are removed from the fruit and prepared for export.

Information courtesy of Genuine Origin

Roasted by Outpost Coffee Co