Single Origin Project May: Ethiopia Reko

In December 2013, during a blind cupping, we found this washed Yirgacheffe from a small washing station in the Kochere region called Reko. This coffee stood out because of its pronounced aroma of peach, mango, and other stone fruits. Reko washing station is named after Reko-Mountain, a tall and skinny mountain that towers above the hills of Kochere. Reko, translated in Afaan Oromo, means challenge. It refers to the challenge of climbing the Reko-mountain. Masreshu and Faysel adopted the name and its symbolic value. It is their challenge to cultivate the best Yirgacheffe coffee. The Reko washing station is a great example for neighboring washing stations, with their work with the farmers in pre-harvest training, intense sorting process, careful lot separation, and finally their continued support and education at the farm level insures amazing coffee year after year.