Ethiopian Guji Gr1 Arsosala – Washed
Region: Guji Zone, Oromia Region
District: Uraga district
Nearest town: 30 km from Haro Wachu town
Washing Station: Arsosala
Altitude: 2100-2310 meters above sea level
Soil Type: Red brown, well drained fertile clay soil
Soil Depth: Above 1.5 meter
Water source: Spring water
Grade: Grade 1
Cupping Notes: Fragrance of strawberry jam. Aroma cocoa nib. Fruity, blackberry black tea notes. Choc long finish with smooth syrupy body, juicy texture. Balanced cup
Cupping Score: 85.75 points
About the washing station
Arsosala is a washing station founded in 2015 that currently serves about 1,200 smallholder producers in the region of Guji.
Most of the coffee delivered to the factory is Bourbon: while Typica and Heirloom are two varieties better-known in Central and South America, the same terms are used colloquially in Ethiopia to describe certain coffee-berry-disease-resistant cultivars. The Ethiopian “Heirloom” and “Typica” varieties are typically genetically removed from the ones found elsewhere around the world.
Cherries are picked ripe and dried on raised beds, taking anywhere from 8– 20 days, depending on the amount of sunshine available.
About the region
Uraga is one of the woredas in the Oromia Region of Ethiopia. Part of the Guji Zone, the largest town in Uraga is Solomo.
The coffee here is grown on very small farms (less than 1/2 hectare each on average) alongside corn, barley, beans, and wheat. Both Washed and Natural coffees are produced here.
Coffees in Ethiopia are typically traceable to the washing station level, where smallholder farmers—many of whom own less than 1/2 hectare of land, and as little as 1/8 hectare on average—deliver cherry by weight to receive payment at a market rate. The coffee is sorted and processed into lots without retaining information about whose coffee harvest is in which bag or which lot.