Bale Mountain Natural
Producer: Smallholder Farmers
Variety: Ethiopia Landraces
Growing Elevation: 1900-2000 Meters
Processing: Natural. Dried on Raised Beds.
Certifications: Certified Organic
Region: Werka. Guji. Ethiopia
Bale Mountain is a newer coffee growing region in the Guji region of Ethiopia that is starting to make a name for itself with exemplary coffee. The Bale Mountain National Park is home to some of Ethiopia’s rarest animals and plants and this biological diversity, coupled with a high elevation and mineral-rich soil, has proven to be ideal growing conditions for coffee. The Bale Mountain coffee farm, tucked in the Arsi-Bale Mountain belt, was established in 2013. Along with a focus on high quality coffee lots, the farm is committed to eco-friendly, sustainable coffee production. The coffee is all organic and is shade-grown among a canopy of legume trees which creates nitrogen-rich soil that helps coffee plants thrive while also aiding in water conservation. The farm is likewise committed to the local community and has spearhead social projects such as the construction of local roads, the establishment of a nursery, free distribution of the coffee seedlings to local farmers, the construction of numerous schools, and financial support for the community during the off-season.
This particular coffee lot is a natural processed coffee. Natural process is a coffee processing technique where the coffee is laid out to dry with the coffee cherry intact (rather than removing the cherry skin and mucilage before drying as is done in a washed process coffee). This creates a natural fermentation environment for the coffee and can produce very intense fruit and floral notes. Our Bale Mountain Ethiopia Natural is velvety and sweet-tart with tasting notes of blueberry, raspberry sangria, and green apple.