Ethiopia Guji 3 Natural Banko Baya

$17.95 lb.

Many people believe that Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee. The indigenous coffee trees first grew in ancient “Abyssinia”, which is now present-day Ethiopia. Ethiopian coffees are characterized by wine-like notes, exquisitely piquant aroma and delightful complexity.  Our Guji 3 Natural Banko Baya is sourced from the Kercha district within the Guji zone in the Oromia region from Guji Coffee Export PLC.

Owner and operator Grima Edema has more than 20 years of experience exporting coffee from the Kercha district.  Producers deliver their ripe cherries to Grima’s washing station where they are sorted and immediately placed on raised beds and dried over a period of 15 to 20 days.  The raised drying beds are carefully constructed to ensure proper air circulation and temperature control for an optimal drying process.  The cherries are turned regularly to prevent damage during the drying process and then are stored in a local warehouse after moisture is reduced to less than 12%.  The beans are transported to Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, to be milled and prepared for export.  Grima’s control of processing, from drying up to the final export stage, preserves the coffee from damage and results in an exceptionally clean and sweet cup profile.

Guji has become one of the top coffee producing areas due to its high altitude, perfect climate, and unique processing. The area is sunny by day with cool nighttime temperatures. The varietals are local heirloom cultivars grown at 1800 to 2200 meters in vertisol (a clayey soil that occurs in regions with distinct wet and dry seasons).  Our Ethiopia Guji has a bright, sweet aroma with mixed berry notes like strawberry and blueberry and a pleasing full body.  Those berry notes follow through heartily in the cup along with some nice hints of spice and herbs as well as fudgy chocolate.