We are excited to release this new coffee from Guji, Ethiopia. Also, we are honored to have this coffee be awarded as winner for the 2023 Good Food Awards. This motivates us to work hard every day, and continue to search for great coffees to share with you all.
Guji is heavy with primary forest thanks to the Guji tribe, a part of Ethiopia’s vast and diverse Oromo nation, who have for generations organized to reduce mining and logging outfits in a struggle to conserve the land’s sacred canopy and soils. The biodiversity, climate, and ongoing preservation efforts have kept large parts of Guji feeling like prehistoric forest.
The Uraga district of Guji in particular can be a very long drive (or a few days’ walk) from the nearest trading centers of Gedeb or Dilla to the west. This distance has historically left many coffee farmers debilitated by lack of access to market, and cherry prices much less than neighboring Gedeo or Sidama zones. The gorgeous terroir of this area, blessed by some of the country’s healthiest biodiversity, risks being ruined in transit, or purchased for cheap and blended into lower grades due to the difficult geography.
This lot is fruit forward with strawberry, blueberry and black cherry notes. We hope you enjoy!