URAGA SAMII #2, Ethiopia FILTER Silky, hibiscus florals, passionfruit, honey

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URAGA SAMII #2, Ethiopia FILTER Silky, hibiscus florals, passionfruit, honey

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Producer: Small-holder producers working with Uraga washing station

Region: Uraga, Guji Zone, Southern Ethiopia
Altitude: 2000-2400 masl

Varietal: Heirloom
Process: Washed

Importer: Nordic Approach

Cup profile: Silky, hibiscus florals, passionfruit, honey

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Uraga is both the name of the greater area as well as this specific washing station located in the Sonkolle Kebele village in Guji. The washing station is located above 2000 masl, and the farms sit at even higher altitudes. The washing station is owned by producer Israel Degfa who manages around 30 washing stations in different areas and is investing in both supporting local farmers and their communities, and in post-harvest development and quality control.

The average farm size for producers delivering to the Uraga washing station is 2 - 3 hectares, a little larger than average in Ethiopia. These semi-forest farms have red clay soil and coffee grows amongst local shade trees. Most coffees are organic by default often using organic compost as fertiliser.

About thousand small-holder farmers deliver small quantities of cherries on a daily basis to the communal washing station, or to collection centres in the nearby villages. A farmer can typically have fewer than 1500 trees per hectare, and one tree produces a quantity of cherries equal to less than 100 - 200 grams of green coffee. They are immediately paid a small premium for higher quality cherries/pickings, and most farmers are registered for a second payment after the coffee is sold with a quality premium.

The management at Uraga is strong and a lot of pride and effort is put into producing outstanding coffees. Every day of production they differentiate what goes in to the improved and better quality lots (Grade 1) from the normal preparation for Grade 2 and Grade 3. Israel has invested in flotations systems for cherries and systematically separates some of the coffees for better performance on-site. These coffees are assigned to a quality team who will ensure they are processed carefully. Israel has also invested in a dry-mill in Addis equipped with a colour sorter and quality control lab.

Aside from quality coffee Israel also believes in education and builds schools to support the local communities. He contributes the land and pays for the construction, and ensures access to clean water for the students. The government is in charge of managing the school and paying its teachers, and Israel provides school materials on occasion.

This coffee has stood out for us on the cupping table several times for its truly distinctive character with hibiscus like florals and tropical fruit notes reminding us of passionfruit supported by great honey like sweetness. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Thanks to Nordic Approach for this lot & traceability info.