In My Mug

Episode 44​8​ on Monday the ​12​th of June, 2017. Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Wenago Washed

June 11, 2017
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Wenago woreda is located in Yirgacheffe district, Gedeo Zone in the ‘Southern Nations, Nationalities & Peoples’ (SNNP) region of Ethiopia. Over a number of years the region has developed a distinguished reputation for fine coffees, producing some of the most sought-after microlots in world.

The combination of high altitude (up to 2,200m in some areas), fertile soil, consistent & plentiful rains, and an abundance of local knowledge are all contributing factors to the high status of Yirgacheffe coffees.

The indigenous ‘heirloom’ or 'wild' varietals - which grow wild in Ethiopia - are responsible for the unique flavour notes which make for an unusual but beautifully refined cup, usually characterised by strong citric acidity, sweet chocolate and floral/herbal notes of lavender, jasmine, bergamot & thyme.

Ripe cherries are delivered to the Wenago wetmill for careful sorting and pulping, before fermentation for 36-48 hours, depending on the climactic conditions. After this point the parchment coffee is thoroughly washed and graded by bean density before being dried in the sun on raised African beds for 12-15 days (until the ideal moisture level has been reached).

In the daytime the parchment needs to be raked and turned periodically to ensure a consistent drying process. The coffee is also covered between 12pm and 3pm to protect it from the hot sun, and at night time to protect it from rainfall and moisture. Once the coffee has dried to the right level it is transported to Addis Ababa for dry-milling, grading, sorting and handpicking, before being bagged in GrainPro for export.

In the cup there's white sugar and lemon juice, if only there was a shoulder of pancake too! This coffee has a really delicate body with a tiny edge of spice on the finish.

  • Country: Ethiopia
  • Region: Yirgacheffe
  • Zone: Gedeo
  • Area: Chirecha Kebele
  • Mill: Wenago
  • Varietal: Indigenous wild varietals
Processing method: Washed
  • Fermentation: Yes
  • Fermentation time: 36-48 hours
  • Drying method: Raised African beds
  • Drying time: 12-15 days
  • Altitude: 1,750–1,850 m.a.s.l.

  • Rainfall: 1,800 - 2,000 mm avg per annum
  • Soil: Fertile, red-brown, well drained.
  • Producers: 650 farmers with an average of 2 hectares of land each


White sugar, lemon juice, delicate, spice.

Clean cup: (1–8): 7
Sweetness: (1–8): 6.5
Acidity: (1–8): 7
Mouthfeel: (1–8): 6.5
Flavour: (1–8): 7
Aftertaste: (1–8): 6
Balance: (1–8): 6.5
Overall: (1–8): 6.5
Correction:(+36): +36

Total: (max. 100): 89