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Ethiopia - Guji Shakiso: Washed, Heirloom

Although traceability is improving in Ethiopia, it can still be a challenging and complex country to buy coffee from. Sometimes with Ethiopian coffees we are making decisions based on the quality of coffee samples we get, rather lots of information about the farmers. This is certainly the case with this coffee, which our green buyer Steve couldn’t pass up when he tasted it on the cupping table. 


What we do know is that the coffee is from near the town of Shakiso in the Guji zone. Shakiso is more widely known for its gold and emerald mines situated just outside the town. Ripe coffee cherries are delivered to the mill in the town before being sorted, graded for quality and de-pulped. After a few days of fermentation in water, the beans are dried on raised beds. This region has produced many of our all-time favourite Ethiopian coffees, and this one is no exception. It’s a really classic example of coffee from the region, with notes of citrus and tea-like characteristics.


Coffee Info

  1. Country:  Ethiopia
  2. Region:  Guji (Sidamo)
  3. Mill: Shakiso
  4. Elevation: 1850 - 2100 masl
  5. Coffee Variety: Indigenous varieties
  6. Processing Type: Washed
  7. Number of years partnership: 1 Year