Ethiopia Gedeb Wuri Natural Grade 1
Cup Characteristics: Rhubarb, blueberry, red grape, thyme, cocoa. Milk chocolate aroma. Sustained flavors with some citrus zest as a background note. Acetic acidity. Complex cup.
$19.99 per pound
Another excellent example of fruit forward Natural processing from Ethiopia.
This lot of Naturally Processed heirloom Ethiopia is the result of a vertically integrated relationship between supplier and grower. The Wuri Washing Station is one of the only private stations in the Worka-Sakara area, located centrally in the Gedeb growing region. The Wuri Station receives cherries from over 850 growers, each owning and growing coffee on just a few acres of land. After delivery, the cherries are carefully sorted by hand and floated in tanks that separate less dense or damaged beans, leaving only the ripest and healthiest cherries to move onto the next processing step.
After sorting, the cherries are moved to African-style drying beds where they are exposed only during optimal hours to prevent any over-drying in the sun, this process lasts about 18 to 21 days. The dry mill is owned and operated by the same company who exports the beans, ensuring traceability through each stage of the growing, processing and export process.
- Region: Worka-Sakaro, Gedeb District, Gedeo Zone
- Washing Station: Wuri Coffee Station, privately owned
- Growers: 850 Smallholder farmers
- Variety: Indigenous heirloom cultivars
- Harvest: October - January
- Altitude: 2050 - 2100 meters
- Process: Full natural and dried on raised beds
Proceeds from this operation go toward social impact initiatives in the growing communities. This includes support to farmers for transporting and collecting cherry in an effort to make it more accessible to local coffee growers. Additionally, they have contributed to road construction projects that make travel safer for not just coffee growers, but the entire community surrounding the washing station.