Ethiopia – Guji Jigesa Natural
Washing StationOwner: Faysel A. Yonis (Testi Coffee)
Varietal(s): Local Landraces & JARC 74 selections
Altitude: 1,800 to 2,000 metres above sea level
Town: Denbi Uddo, Shakisso District
Region: Oromia, Guji
NOTES: Apricot, strawberry's and cream, watermelon
This exceptional lot was processed, dry milled and exported by our good friends at Testi Coffee, a family-run business owned and managed by the Yonis family, who are making a name for themselves on the Ethiopian Specialty Coffee scene. For many years (see below on the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange - ECX), we were unable to secure good traceability information on many of our Ethiopian lots. As of 2017, all this changed, and we are very happy to highlight the great work that these valued partners are doing at origin.
This natural lot was selectively hand harvested by smallholder farmers living in the region around the washing station. They deliver to the washing station or to one of the collection points near their homes. Before being delivered to the mill, the coffee is stringently sorted to remove underripe and damaged beans. The coffee is then laid to dry on raised beds, where it is regularly turned to ensure even drying. Drying time is usually 15-18 days, depending on climate.
Our recognition of these processes as an industry, admittedly, lags behind. Though the argument made by Getu Bekele are correct and salient, it remains difficult to get information from mills and exporters regarding the exact varieties that go into various lots. We will continue to work with our partners in Ethiopia on this important issue, and we hope that in coming year we will be able to provide more detailed information on the distinct varieties being grown by the farmers contributing to our Ethiopian lots.