God kissed the Land of Africa and gave birth to the first coffee plant, an incredible fruit indispensable in everyday life. This happened in Ethiopia, where even today we find qualities that grow spontaneously, wild. Tasting them, they send us back in time with aromas and tastes. We are talking about the famous Harenna Forest Wild Coffee, a rare coffee that we manage to import thanks to the Slow Food Presidium.
The Harenna Forest, one of the largest in Ethiopia, is located in the mountains of the Bale National Park, 350 km south of the capital Addis Ababa, around 1800 meters above sea level.
Coffee plants grow spontaneously in the shade of tall trees, producing an Arabica quality coffee with extraordinary qualitative potential that is still little known and valued. Neither the stripping nor the washing of the beans is carried out, crucial phases of Latin American coffees.
It is in fact a “natural” coffee which, after harvesting, only requires the cherries to be dried in the sun on suspended nets (loungers).
Harenna has a forgotten, powerful and velvety caramel taste, lightly spiced and citric with final notes of red fruits. Not being botanically cultivated in plantations because picked in spontaneous, “wild” forests, these scents are found floating and mixed erratically.