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Hunkute

Hunkute is located in one of the higher locations in Sidama in the south of Ethiopia.
The membering small holder farmers are growing coffee at altitudes between 1900 and 2000 masl, which results in a very intense and bright coffee.
The Hunkute cooperative has been consistently producing some of the best coffees in the Sidama region the last 3 years, so we are very happy to be able to sell it once again.

The cup profile is always very citric and limoncello-like with delicate jasmine notes. We think this is a result of both the high altitudes in which the coffee is grown as well as the many local coffee cultivars that the smallholder farmers grow.

The coffee is organically grown almost by default, as the farmers do not use chemicals
or artificial fertilizer due to little problems with coffee pests and diseases. The Hunkute cooperative are certified as an organic producer of coffee and therefore this coffee has also been certified organic.

Cooperative: Hunkute coop.
Lot size: 1500 kg
Producer: Several smallholder farmers.
Harvest: December 2012
Origin: Dalle, Sidama, Ethiopia
Growing conditions: About 1900-2000 masl under natural shade trees.
Cultivars: Local heirloom cultivars, Sidamo Type.
Process: Cherries are hand picked by the smallholder farmers that are members of the cooperative. After harvest the coffee cherries are hand sorted to get rid of unripes and overripes before the cherry is delivered for processing. A traditional disc pulper removes the skin and pulp. The coffee is then fermented under water for 24-36 hours, depending on the weather conditions. After fermentation, the coffee is graded in washing channels in two different grades based on density, before it gets soaked under clean water in tanks for another 12-24 hours. This lot is of the best grade which consists of beans of higher density. After washing the coffee is sun dried for 10 – 15 days on African drying beds.

Flavour description:
Aromas and flavours of jasmine, lemon and bergamot.
Citric acidity. Slim mouthfeel.
Sweet finish with notes of apricots.

You can buy this coffee in our web shop.

Here is an interview about Ethiopian coffee we did with Morten Wennersgaard from our sister company Nordic Approach and Kennedy Keya from Doormans in Kenya,  while we were in Addis Ababa during the harvest in 2011:

Interview from Ethiopia from Tim Wendelboe on Vimeo.