Ethiopia Guji Gr1 Arsosala – Washed

Ethiopian Guji Gr1 Arsosala – Washed

JBL code: Eth13

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
Rainfall: 1500-2000mm
Soil Depth: Above 1.5 meter
Water source: Spring water
Variety: Bourbon
Process: Washed
Grade: Grade 1
Cupping Notes: Aroma of chocolate and baked stone fruit. Flavour of black tea, nectarine and white chocolate.
Cupping Score: 87 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. 

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