Guji is part of the Oromia region in southern Ethiopia, next door to Gedeo Zone (SNNPR) where the famous Yirgacheffe micro-region is located. This steep, green area is both fertile and high, with much of the coffee growing at 2,000m and above. Coffee grown in the Guji zone was once classified under Sidamo (a larger zone next door in the SNNPR region.)
The coffee was grown by smallholder farmers living around the kabele (town) of Goromo, in Oromia Region.
Most contributing farmers own less than a hectare of land, and they grow coffee simply as a backyard cash crop. Coffee will usually be interspersed with other subsistence crops, such as sweet potato, mangos and avocados, but there are no other primary cash crops grown in the region.
About 700 - 800 smallholder farmers delivering tiny amounts of cherries daily to the wet miller. On average farmers are having a farm size of less than 1 hectares. Most coffees are organic by default. Organic compost is common as farmers simply don’t have the money to apply chemical fertiliser, pruning less common.
The cherries are then hand sorted for un-ripe and overripe cherries to get a sweeter and cleaner product. The Natural coffee is normally processed at the later part of the harvest and that’s when the harvest is peaking at the higher altitudes.
Skin drying the first hours under shade. The parchments are dried in the sun for about 10-12 days, depending on the weather conditions, on African drying beds. Coffees are covered in shade nets during midday and at night.
This coffee is vibrant & super juicy. With delightful aromatics of white peach & green muscat fruity sweetness, finish with aftertaste of white tea lingering finish. A clean delightful Ethiopian coffee that make a perfect daily cuppa!