Reko hails from Kochere, in Yirgacheffe, arguably known as the most sought out area in the world for specialty coffee drinkers. The coffee here is floral, tea-like, and complex. When standing in Kochere, you will find yourself a stone’s throw away from the world’s most unique and rare varieties that can only be found in Yirgacheffe. In this haven for coffee lovers, Reko is the sparkling gem amongst a land filled with beautiful coffee.
Reko washing station is located at 2,200 meters next to its namesake, Reko Mountain, a thin, tall peak overlooking the washing station. The name Reko translates to challenge in the local tongue, Afaan Oromoa, referring to the challenge it takes to climb to the top of Reko mountain. For the team at Reko, they’ve adopted its symbolic value to refer to their challenge to cultivate and process the best Yirgacheffe coffee. We think they’re conquering their challenge.
At Reko washing station, the vibes are high, as the community comes together to process, wash, and dry their coffee. The coffee is delivered in tiny quantities from 850 farmer’s plots in the surrounding area. Processing coffee is no easy task, though at Reko they see it as a celebration, and that’s exactly what it feels like.. During the washing and sorting, the station is filled with music that echoes off the mountains as they sing harmonies in Afaan Oromoa throughout the labors of each workday.
The process itself is traditional to the area. They have long 36-hour fermentation times after the coffee is pulped, they thoroughly wash the coffee in long channels followed by a 12-hour soak, and then the coffee is dried on raised beds for about 2 weeks while workers pick through the parchment to clean it up. Like most great coffees, the brilliance lies in the details. Specific care is taken when evaluating the fermentation tanks. There is strenuous effort placed in the washing, and the precision used at the drying tables demonstrate their passion for their work. All along, the workers boast smiles and work while singing and chanting as they take on their challenge to produce the finest coffee.
In the cup, Reko is a coffee of pure electricity. Filled with unapologetic brightness, layered in complex snappy ginger, and soaked in an array of tropical sweetness Reko boasts with energy. The gem is back for its 5th season and we will have it on our menu until the end of 2018.