HUNKUTE, Ethiopia FILTER Silky, bergamot florals, apricot, honey

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HUNKUTE, Ethiopia FILTER Silky, bergamot florals, apricot, honey

from 10.00

Producer: Small-holder producers working with Hunkute washing station

Region: Jimma Zone, Sidama, Oromia, Ethiopia
Altitude: Around 2000 masl

Varietal: Heirloom
Process: Washed

Importer: Nordic Approach

Cup profile: Silky, bergamot, apricot, honey

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This coffee is from small-holder farmers who belong to the Sidama Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (SCFCU). This cooperative supports more than 50 washing stations with technical support and finance - Hunkute is one of them. It is located in the Wonsho woreda in Jimma Zone of Sidama region. There are two washing stations under the same management. The first was established in 1997, and the second site was built in 2010. Coffees from both sites are marketed as Hunkute and sold through the SCFCU who are also responsible for the dry milling, grading, bagging and export.


Throughout the changes and reforms to the ECX, cooperatives have always been allowed to sell coffee directly as a fully traceable product, outside the ECX. Usually the coffee is marketed and sold by the cooperative representing farmers in that particular area. For example, coffee from a cooperative in Limu will be sold and exported by the Limu Union, Sidama by the Sidama Union, etc.


Farms in this area are typically less than 1ha in size. Most coffees are organic by default with organic compost used as fertilizer. A typical farmer will have fewer than 1500 trees per hectare, and one tree produces cherries equal to 100 - 200 grams of green coffee. They usually grow a mix of local varieties including a local cultivar called Sedancho. These varieties are mixed with native coffee of forest origin transferred to family smallholder plots. The varieties are referred to collectively as Ethiopian Heirloom, which is a myriad of local native hybrids and new improved varieties based on the old strains. 

Coffee cherries are harvested by family members, then hand-sorted to remove unripes and overripe cherries before they are delivered to the washing station for processing. The better the cherry selection the higher the premiums. 

Hunkute washing station mainly produce washed coffees, and only lower grade naturals. The wet mill receives daily deliveries of cherries from approximately 1900 smallholder farmers in the area. 

The washed coffees here are processed traditionally on an Agaarde disc de-pulper which removes the skin and fruit pulp. The coffee is then fermented under water before it is washed in channels, graded by density, then dried on raised beds in the sun. Daily lots are processed separately, and they have systems for maintaining traceability and quality control.They also recently invested in a water treatment system. Many of these improvements have been implemented with the support of Technoserve, through the NGO’s coffee initiative.

This coffee is also certified organic.


Thanks to Nordic Approach for this lot and the traceability information.