All Coffee is sold as Whole beans.
Producer Semeneh Alemu
Attributes Washed, Bed Dried, Wolisho, Kurume
Origin Nensebo, West Arsi, Ethiopia
Flavours Spiced orange peel, preserved lemon, complex sweetness, juicy
Refisa hails from the district of Nensebo, which is situated next to the Harenna Forest inside Bale Mountains National Park. This area is particularly significant as it’s one of the few remaining natural forests in Ethiopia. Being on the edge of the Ethiopian Highlands as well, Nensebo receives quite a bit more rainfall than dryer areas to the west, like Yirgacheffe and Gedeb. While rain is normally a good thing for an agricultural product, it can wreak havoc with drying! This year of course the stars aligned and the rain held off during the crucial times. The result superbly realises the potential that this newish region has been felt for the last few years to possess. It’s so good in fact, it might just deliver that coffee epiphany you’re ready to have again.
We purchased this coffee via SNAP Specialty Coffee (as with Chelbesa, which is available as a filter roast, and Danche).
The story of SNAP coffee is an interesting one. We’re told that SNAP’s owner (computer importer Negusse Debela) drank an Ethiopian pour-over while on a trip to Minnesota and had a coffee epiphany, realising the goodness of what he had long taken for granted. On his return home, he set off on a mission to become Ethiopia’s best coffee exporter. Negusse hired the now legendary coffee professional Abenezer Asfaw to run his supply chain and sales. SNAP now operates 4 washing stations (two in Gedeb – Chelbesa and Danche Chelbesa, one in Uraga, Guji, and another in Chelelektu, Yirgacheffe) and partners with numerous others (Refisa is a prime example). SNAP is a fully integrated participant in Ethiopian coffee trade, overseeing the whole process: from washing station to logistics, dry milling, quality process and export.
We cupped samples from parchment form stored at the washing station and then later from coffee arrived into the warehouse in Addis Ababa to make our lot selections, ending up with three SNAP coffees. This one is a fully washed lot from the middle of the harvest.
In the 2020 buying season, Ethiopian government authorities set minimum coffee sales prices by region, coffee grade and seller type. The minimum pricing stipulated by the authorities for the grades and type we buy fluctuated between $3.10 and $4.20 a pound (USD, FOB Djibouti) during the buying season. We’re stoked that Ethiopia has managed to command such a premium above commodity coffee prices (roughly a 1/4 to a 1/3 of the above prices). With this very safe “fairness” price floor in place, we do not disclose our prices in Ethiopia since, above these minimums stipulated, pricing is basically set by the seller.