JIGESA WEYSI, Ethiopia FILTER juicy & complex, green grape, mango, honey


JIGESA WEYSI, Ethiopia FILTER juicy & complex, green grape, mango, honey

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Producer: Various small-holder farmers delivering to Jigesa washing station owned & managed by Testi Trading

Region: Guji, Oromia
Altitude: 1800 - 2000 masl

Varietal: Heirloom Arabica
Process: Washed & dried on African beds

Importer: Mercanta

Cup profile: Juicy & complex, bergamot, green grape, mango, honey


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This exceptional lot was processed, dry milled and exported by Testi Coffee, a family-run business owned and managed by the Yonis family.

The first person in the Yonis family to get seriously involved with coffee was Faysel A. Yonis. Faysel began working with coffee in the late 1990s, but at the time he was purely involved in supplying the local market. As the potential for specialty coffee in the country increased, Faysel saw opportunity. Even though he was still constrained by the ECX, he had a feeling that things would change. Faysel established Testi Coffee in 2009 as a coffee exporting company.

The name ‘Testi’ means Happy or Happiness in Harrari language (it is also the name of Faysel’s middle son).

Today, Testi owns and/or operates four washing stations in Guji, Yirgacheffe, Sidamo and in Limu. They work with small holder farmers, with the aim of securing the very best prices for their coffee so that they can pay fair prices for the cherry delivered.

Testi’s objective is quality and building long term business relationships. Their washing stations are very well run and they do diligent work through sorting and screening to get clean and quality beans for export. As of 2018, Testi has launched a quality improvement project at each of the four washing stations that they operate. Their PCS (Premium Cherry Selection) Project fully controls all aspects of harvest and processing in order to ensure that the fantastic natural quality of the coffee is maintained at each step. They are also making the most of the market liberalisation to benefit the small producers that they work with.

Social projects, such as building new classrooms for the local school near their Guji processing factory are also important, and with support from their importing partners they hope to do even more in the future. They also currently have a drinking/household water provisioning project underway in Guji, and they plan to extend this to other communities in the future.

Many thanks to our importing partner Mercanta for this info.