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THE TERROIR RANGE
Traceability: Terroir
High-quality coffees from a geographically restricted production area, with a unique and characteristic flavour influenced by the type of soil and local farming techniques.
Quantity
Limited
Quantité
Limited
Education points
20
TERROIR
Eleli Darartu
Bedeno
Harrar
Ethiopia
Species
arabica
Varietal
Heirloom
Altitude
1500 m - 2000m
Harvest period
November to january
Process
Unwashed
Drying
African beds
Profil sensoriel
« Strawberry and fruity at the nose. Citric acidity and caramel finish. »
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THE TERROIR RANGE
Traceability: Terroir
High-quality coffees from a geographically restricted production area, with a unique and characteristic flavour influenced by the type of soil and local farming techniques.
Quality
Limited
Quantity
Limited
Education points
20

ABOUT

The Harrar terroir is famous for producing remarkable coffees. It owes its reputation to an ancient coffee culture and a specific type of land use, consisting in combinations of different food crops. The East Harrar area is characterised by the production of a mocha-flavoured coffee. In this terroir, the woreda of Bedeno is known for the quality of its harvests. The coffee collected at EleliDarartu, one of the woreda’s villages, offers a typical and much-sought-after Harrar cup profile. Recognition of this coffee plays a key role in maintaining coffee production in an otherwise changing terroir, a fact Belco is very aware of.

THE TERROIR OF BEDENO

Coffee has been cultivated at Harrar for several hundreds of years, probably since the 14th or 15th century. Coffee production flourished as a result of high demand from Yemen, which sent traders to search for the best harvests. Although coffee has grown wild in Ethiopia for centuries, it was first cultivated for sale in Harrar. It is definitely one of the world’s first coffee growing regions.
Coffee productionpractices have led to a particular type of land use specific to the area, with coffee holding a prominent place in the crops of farmers. Coffee is grown on the high plateaus in terraces, an ancient choice of plantation that gives Harrar its distinctive landscape. Today, farmers maintain this system by producing coffee in orchards, benefiting from moderate shade and interspersed with other food crops, such as maize. It is this know-how that contributes to making the Harrarterroir unique.
The area employs an agricultural model based on polyculture, in which coffee plays an important role. But in recent years khat has tended to take over. This plant, consumed for its stimulating properties, can be sold easily in Ethiopia and for export, despite being banned in many European countries. Its profitability is encouraging more and more farmers to abandon their traditional coffee production.
Promoting the qualities of East Harrar coffee has become an important challenge, because once the coffee is recognised for its quality there is less chance of it being abandoned for more attractive crops. BashaMawi, who is the exporter that we work with, is committed to this cause.
He collects this EleliDarartu coffee himself. The exporter is based in DiréDawa, where hegathers a natural coffee that is produced in small farms located at an altitude of about 2,000 metres. The farms are located in the immediate vicinity of the village of EleliDaratu, after which the coffee is named. BashaMawi is working to preserve this local product by ensuring the detailed traceability of the coffee. Belco is committed to helping him with this process.


Rainfall
From April to October at its maximum in July

Temperature
-

Humidity
0.00

Shadow
Verger
LE TERROIR DE BEDENO

Strengths

Polyculture | Manual harvest | Cup profile | Natural drying in the sun

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