Ethiopia Guji Tebe AroWacho
Region: Uraga, Guji Zone
Producer: Farms in the community around Odola Tebe AroWacho washing station
Varietal: 74112, local varieties Kurume, and Wolisho
The Odola TebeArowacho washing station, built in 2016, is situated at 2,095 - 2122 MASL, and the community farmers in the area have been growing coffee for generations. Their cultivation and harvesting know-how shows up in their coffees and willingness to learn and adopt new ways to improve them each season. Maintaining a good relationship with the washing station is key, which thanks to the hard work of the hard work of the farmers is able to produce an average of 15 containers of processed coffee a year, 60% of that is washed and the balance, natural process. As the cherries begin to ripen in October - December, producers begin picking and transporting their ripe cherries. It’s not unusual to see them carried in baskets or bags on their own shoulders, loaded on donkeys or even by handcart.
Outgrower farms from the Uraga area bring their ripe red cherries to the washing station, where coffees are accepted or rejected based on quality and then sorted by hand before pulping. Like most in Ethiopia, growers in the Uraga district are smallholders, aka “garden farmers,” so called because most of them are producing coffee in the “garden” areas around their homes, and often harvesting coffee occurring naturally on the surrounding land where they live. Farm sizes tend to be .5 to 2 hectares in size on average, though occasionally they can reach upwards of 10 hectares. The average yearly yield in green coffee from these farms is around 2 to 4, 60 kilogram bags.