Mr. Faysel is a talented second-generation coffee producer who focuses on cultivating high-quality lots from Aricha. As evident from last year's lot, this area is known for producing some of the finest specialty coffees in Ethiopia. Mr. Faysel's natural processed coffee stood out to us this year due to its high sweetness and very clean finish that shines on the cupping table. The outstanding quality revealed in the final cup can be largely attributed to the highly experienced and hardworking farmers in the surrounding area of Aricha.
During harvest, ripe cherries from smallholder farmers are delivered to the station where it gets hand sorted for quality. After sorting, the cherries undergo a period of in-cherry fermentation for 12-15 days. Hand-sorting and manual rotation of the cherries on the drying bed occurs every few hours during the drying stage to ensure only the highest quality beans remain for exporting. The resulting coffee is incredibly unique and distinguished for its sweet, clean, and bright flavour profile.