The coffee from Ngororero Central Washing Station (CWS) has been lauded worldwide for its superb quality and taste. In October 2018, Ngororero station received two top prizes in the Ernesto Illy International Coffee Awards. More than 1,500 coffee consumers worldwide loved the coffee above all the other contestants and gave it the “Coffee Lovers Award”. You can find a full recap of the event here.
Festivities aside, Ngororero is a washing station to keep a close eye on. The region where Ngororero is located has a high potential for refined and fruit-forward cupping profiles.
The farmers who deliver their cherry to Ngororero are flush with options of nearby washing station. Ngororero has very high-quality standards, but in order to be competitive, they must accept nearly all cherry delivered. If they do not, farmers will choose to go to a different station next time in order to sell more of their crop and avoid the hassle of sorting.
After purchasing cherry from producers, Ngororero sends the cherry through a strict sorting process. First, washing station staff remove any lower quality cherry through flotation. Then, a specially trained staff visually inspects the remaining cherry for any visual defects.
After sorting, cherry is pulped on a Pinhalese pulper that removes up to 80% of the mucilage before fermentation. Parchment is then fermented for 10 hours before being laid out to sun dry on raised beds. While drying, the coffee will be regularly sorted to remove imperfections and sifted to ensure even drying.