Blueberry | Strawberry | Pear
Region: Shakiso, Guji, Ethiopia
Farmers: Jilo Barko, Jarso Muda, Tekla Miju
Processing Method: Natural, dried on raised beds
Varieties: A mixture of local landrace and improved selections
Altitude: 1900 meters above sea level
This coffee has been sourced from Royal Coffee, a family-owned coffee importer based in Oakland, California. They have developed an extensive network of connections in Ethiopia and source some of the tastiest coffees we’ve tasted from there. We’re still a very small company and Ethiopia’s systems for exporting coffee aren’t well set up for people of our size. We’re working on developing more connections there, and are excited about what’s coming in the coming years but are thankful for companies like Royal that sell excellent stuff.
Gatame Muka is a kebele in the Woreda of Shakiso in Guji. Even though this coffee is named for the community it comes from, it was grown on the farms of three producers: Jilo Barko, Jarso Muda, and Tekla Miju. Combined, they farm a total of 31 hectares, which would not be an exceptional size in Central America, but is a relative rarity in Ethiopia. The three of them take their cherries to the local washing station in Shakiso, which is owned and operated by Guji Highlands Estate. They have partnered with the estate to process, dry, mill, and export their coffee. Now that the laws for exportation of coffee have been relaxed, this type of operation is becoming more common. These local estates keep more of the value in the coffee supply stream in the community, which we think is a positive step.
Guji Highlands manages the processing, which involves a lot of manual labour in picking out defects, turning the coffee on the raised beds, and reacting to changing weather conditions. This is one of the most vibrant, complex, and deep naturally processed coffees we’ve tasted and we are unbelievably excited to be serving it.