Product Details

Ethiopia Chelbesa washed

Cup profile and tasting notes

Lemon peel, zest and rind with a natural sweetness that fills the cup with explosive taste

Coffee Chelbesa Washed
Farm 700 small farmers
Variety Heirloom
Process Washed
Altitude 1800 - 2200 masl
Owner 700 small farmers
City/Town Worka
Region Gedeo Zone
Country Ethiopia
Certification N/A


Average rating

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Lancelot Narayan

Haven't had this one for quite a while. Just as I remember. Silky smooth, with beautiful rich, dark tones. I enjoy Coffee Real roasts, not so light that my mouth collapses, but just right. Plenty of flavour.

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Our Delivery Policy

Where do we deliver?

We would deliver to Mars if we could – to reach the whole of the universe with good coffee, but it is not that simple – so for now we deliver to:

UK: Channel Islands, Isle of Man, British Forces Post Office.

Europe: Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden.

How long will it take?

We do not work at weekends so the term working day means Monday to Friday. If you place an order on the weekend it will not be sent out until Monday.

All orders placed before 13:00hrs 'normally' go out the same day. We do not guarantee orders go out the same day as ordered.

Royal Mail - You can order up to 2kg (7 x 250g bags) using Royal Mail first or second class - orders over 2kg will be sent using Interlink Next Day

UK Mail Next Day  - using this service you can order up to 10kg (38 x 250g bags) will ensure your order gets to you the next working day once the order is despatched from the roastery.

If you use this service you maybe required to sign for the delivery unless you elect to take responsibility for loss if left in a safe place. You will receive an email update from UKMail with a one hour delivery window and using the consignment number you track your order.

How do we keep you updated as to the status of your order.

Once you have placed your order you will receive 2 status updates - they will be:
Order confirmation – this means we have received your order and the coffee is yet to be roasted.
Shipped confirmation – this means your order has left our roastery by your chosen method.

Do we meet our delivery deadlines?

We try our best to meet the delivery deadline quoted, but on the odd occasion a parcel can be delayed due to reasons that are out of our control.

Why don't we offer free postage?

Nothing is free in life. We know you all love free postage and sometimes we do offer it as part of a promotion, but it is our policy to charge for postage. We have considered offering free postage but the costs would have to be absorbed elsewhere by you the customer. We don’t hide our postage costs.

Missing, Damaged or Incorrect Orders

We try very hard to ensure you receive your order in pristine condition. If you do not receive all your products or in the unlikely event that a product arrives damaged, please contact us via the email address within the 'contact us' section of the website.

Please note: Royal Mail does not class an international shipment as lost or missing for 28 working days unfortunately we can not take any action until this time has passed.  During that time we recommend that you ask your local sorting office / post office if they've tried to deliver (even if they haven't left a card) and ask your neighbours if your order has been left with them.  You should also check that the delivery address you gave us is correct, this can be found on your shipping confirmation email.  If your delivery still hasn't arrived after 14 working days and you have performed the above steps then please email us.

Change of Mind, Address and Cancellations

You can cancel your purchase at any time either before or up to 7 working days* following the day you receive the goods by emailing us at the address shown in the 'contact us' section of the website.

Your product must be complete and in 'as new' condition e.g. if you have opened the postal packet to examine the product you must have done so without damaging or marking the product or packaging. It must not have been used and it must  have the heat seal still in place. It should be returned with the original postal packet and packing note you received with it.

Please note that orders that have been ground to order (e.g - not whole roasted beans) may be exempt from our usual returns policy, as these represent a customised special order item. Any 'Free Gifts' received with the product must also be returned. Coffee Real will not refund the cost of postage incurred in returning a item.

If you follow the steps above you will receive a full refund of the product price and any delivery charge paid.

We cannot cancel your purchase when:

The seal has been broken on any products, or the goods were a special order to your specification.

To qualify for a refund or exchange the product must be:

In otherwise "as new" condition; and complete with any free gifts offered with it and, if possible, the original box and packaging.
This promise does not cover faults caused by accident, neglect, misuse or normal wear and tear.

If you have a coffee subscription with us please note that if you change your address and/or product profile in your account settings after the purchase date this will not update your current order, only future orders and thus you will need to notify us by email of any changes you wish to make.

Additional Information

As you drive into these prized growing areas (and others) you start to see a lot of small garden farms along the road that are generally farming around 1000 to 1800 trees per hectare. The growers harvest their crop and sell it to collectors who have either been sent out by the local washing station / mill to collect certain coffee or collectors who are acting on their own inventiveness and then sell to mill.

Growers can sell direct to the washing station / mill, but where they don’t you will see their crop being collected by the bag or weight measure. This is very similar to how coffee is collected in Sumatra. The main issue for the growers in not selling direct to mill is transportation – physically getting the coffee cherry to the washing station.

As you drive you can spot mills / washing stations but gaining access can be tough if you don’t have the right paperwork in place beforehand or the right exporting contacts. Our trips are pre arranged and mapped out.

We had not planned to visit the wet mill in Chelbesa (we were here in 2013) and at first the doors were firmly closed. We decamped to a roadside coffee stall while calls were made and finally an hour or so later we gained entry.

The mill is near Worka in the Gedeb District of the Gedeo Zone in southern Ethiopia and is completely surrounded by smallholder farms that deliver ripe cherries to the mill for sorting drying and/or depulping.

This was a wonderful mill and well run in terms of processing - some mills you can spot are not looking after the crop, you could say they are more commercial in approach.

The fresh cherry is laid on raised beds and is turned by hand every 2 to 3 hours to ensure even drying. The beans dry for a total of 10 to 15 days depending on the weather and are sorted while drying for green cherry and visible defect before being shipped to the capital, Addis Ababa, to be milled, sorted, graded and bagged for export.

Worka is one of twenty-two primary cooperatives located in the Gedeo Zone of Southern Ethiopia that fall under the umbrella of the Yirgacheffe Farmers Union. This coffee is a dry-processed or “natural” coffee, meaning the beans were dried inside the fruit rather than after the fruit has been removed, as is the case with wet-processed or “washed” coffees.