Ethiopia Guji Uraga (Yrgacheffe)
Cup Characteristics: Flavors of lemon, green tea, sweet potato, strawberry and jasmine with a sweet, floral finish. Flavors develop slowly and build with nice acidity. Has the exotic, pronounced spiciness of an excellent Yrgacheffe, but is grown and processed in the region adjacent to its eastern border.
$14.99 per pound
Arrived early December in Grain-pro bags, newly arrived in the US. This coffee is filling the slot usually occupied by our Ethiopia Yrgacheffe "YirgZ" because in a recent cupping we were so impressed by its Yirgacheffe-like qualities that we decided, based on quality, to make the switch. Uraga directly borders Yirgacheffe to the east so similarities in flavor and preparation are not a surprise. But if you typically purchase our Yrgacheffe "YirgZ" this is the one you want.
We have offered coffees from the Guji region in the past after being impressed by them on the cupping table, and this washed offering from the Uraga Washing Station is no different. The mill is owned by Israel Degfa, who owns 12 other washing stations and a farm in the region. The washing station serves 2500 members in the surrounding community (also called Uraga), most of whom are smallholder farmers. Coffee in Ethiopia is generally brought to collection stations, where it is hand-sorted for quality and mixed with the harvest of other farms. From there it is taken to the washing station, in this case Uraga, where they are pulped on the same day they are picked. After sorting the coffee again, this time by weight, coffee is fermented for 36 hours then washed using a system of canals in a traditional manner. Drying is done on raised African-style beds, and at some washing stations the coffee is hand-sorted for a final time. The Uraga mill has 16 full time and 350 part time employees to help during the harvest season, which runs in this region from December to February.
- Regional State: Oromia
- Administrative Zone: Guji
- Woreda/Town: Uraga
- Altitude: 2101 Meters above sea level
- Coffee variety: Heirloom
- Coffee grade: Grade 2
- Processing: Fully washed