Background: This coffee grows in Oromia, which is one of Ethiopia’s largest regions. The farm is located in the Guji zone, the southern part of Oromia that borders on the Sidama and Gedeo zones. The farm started to produce organic coffees in 2001 and works closely with medium-sized outgrowers who are specialized in this highland forest coffee.
The enterprise has 640 hectares, with its own nursery sites to grow coffee seedlings. There are currently 12 permanent qualified staff members, with more than ten years’ practical experience in coffee production, processing, clearing, and marketing. In addition to the permanent staff, they employ three highly qualified consultants and temporary workers. During harvest, they have more than 300 coffee pickers harvesting coffee. About 150 of them supply coffee individually to the wet mill.
There are many gold mines in the area, so the coffee fields are literally full of holes where people have been digging for gold. This makes walking between the coffee trees risky! As a result, the biggest challenge these days is to find employees to maintain the plantation and pick cherries.
This coffee was brought to our attention by our friends and partners at Trabocca. We have been working with them for a couple of years now to help Groundwork source some of the best Ethiopian coffees. They sent this over for us to try, believing that it was a perfect fit with what we are trying to express with our Ethiopia offerings. We also like the way that Trabocca is working in this area, having stepped into Shakisso five years ago to co-monitor operations and logistics, and donated a cupping lab in an effort to upgrade the farm’s quality and quantity.
This cup is floral and juicy with notes of lime, honeysuckle, and a citrusy sweetness.