CUP PROFILE: Dark fruit and floral aromas in the nose are followed by notes of black cherry, plumb, ginger and lemongrass. A berry-like acidity is balanced by its smooth and silky body.
DISTRICT: Hambela Wamena
VILLAGE: Banti Nenqa
PROCESS: Fully washed
OTHER NOTES: Organic, C.A.F.E. practices, single origin, traceable, relationship, sustainable
“There was no road when I built my first washing station, “ says Aklilu Biniam, a fourth-generation coffee professional in Ethiopia. He owns a number of coffee washing stations, including Dimtu, where this beautiful coffee lot was processed.
The Guji Zone of Southern Ethiopia pushes up against the lush zones of Sidama to the north, with the famous Gedeo Zone to the west. Guji and Gedeo Zones share many crossover characteristics in coffee processing and production, resulting in similar bright, sparkly coffees with heavy floral notes and an overall delicacy.
Coffees in Guji are grown under shade trees that include enset (false banana), wanza (an indigenous African tree that grows near water sources and is used for fuel, tools, and furniture, with its leaves being used to fertilize crops), bamboo and avocado.
Beans are purchased from nearby farmers who pick from their backyards, where coffee flourishes wild as a cash crop. Farm sizes range from .5 hectare up to 2 hectares.
Unlike in many other coffee origin countries, producers do not hire a mix of transient and year-round workers to pick cherries. Instead, coffee farmers pick their own crops, aided by family members. Washing stations often pay a premium to the producer for selling ripe cherries only.