Region: Arsosala Village, Gugi, Uraga Farm: Smallholder farmer members Varietal: Heirloom Ethiopian varieties Altitude: 1800 m.a.s.l Processing: Washed
Arsosala is a washing station founded in 2015 that currently serves about 1,200 smallholder producers in the Urga woreda of Guji.
Washed lots at this washing station are delivered ripe, de-pulped the same day, fermented overnight, and washed before being soaked/fermented underwater for 8–16 hours. Then they are washed again. The total fermentation time is between 48–72 hours. The coffee is dried on raised beds for 9–12 days.
Ethiopia's coffee is typically traceable to the washing station level, where smallholder farmers - many of whom own less than 1/2 hectare of land and as little as 1/8 hectare on average - deliver cherry by weight to receive payment at a market rate. The coffee is sorted and processed into lots without retaining information about whose coffee harvest is in which bag or which lot.
ABOUT ETHIOPIAN COFFEE
Unlike most coffee-growing countries, the coffee plant originated here, not introduced through settlement. Instead, growing, processing, and drinking coffee is part of the everyday way of life and has been for centuries.
There is 99% more genetic material in Ethiopia’s coffee alone than in the entire rest of the world; the result is a coffee lover’s dream. There are no coffees that are spoken of with the reverence or romance that Ethiopian coffees are.
Coffee is still commonly enjoyed as part of a ceremonial preparation, gathering of family and friends. The senior-most woman of the household will roast the coffee in a pan and grind it fresh before brewing. The process takes about an hour from start to finish and is considered a regular show of hospitality.
Honour this tradition and invite your friends and family over to enjoy a cup of Ethiopian coffee today.