Fermiers/Farmers: Oboleyan Co-op for 1100 smallholders
Origin / Origine: Dogo, Bule Hora | Guji, Éthiopie
Procédé / Process: Naturel
Variétés: Variétés locaux / local varietals
Notes: 7-up, orange sanguine, bleuets / 7-up, blood orange, blueberry
It took quite a long time to actually get this coffee because of how the year has been for everyone in coffee. So much waiting. So much anticipation.
Not going to lie, even though Naturals appear to be much easier to roast than their washed counterparts, this FUNKBOMB is an exception. Definitely need to be ON like DonkeyKong every time this green is thrown into the roaster. The result when we kill it? FUNKY! JUICY! HAZY! So much fun. We slam it as espresso at the roastery & you can too at home, just age it appropriately. We say...at least 3 weeks.
The high altitude washing altitude washing station collects from 1,000-1,200 smallhodler farmers living nearby in this western part of the famed Guji Zone (part of the larger Oromia Region). The small village of Dogo sits 20km northeast of the larger town of Bule Hora. Some coffees here at the Dogo washing station go to washed while others go straight to the drying table for the natural processed lots. Farmers deliver to one of our lonstanding processing partners in Ethiopia (Oboleyan), who excel in QC from cherry collection all the way up to export milling. One unique payment program here allows a bonus to be paid to farmers during the rainy summer season (offseason, prior to next harvest). This contributes to better cash flow for farmers and allows farmers to prepare for the upcoming harvest season (labor, farm management, etc).
A little about Ethiopia
Ethiopia is a coffee powerhouse. It’s the birthplace of the plant, the seventh largest producing country in world, and one of the world’s leading consumers of coffee as well. Because coffee is such a vital part of the economy in Ethiopia, the government has a hand in it, making for an interesting coffee context. Ethiopia is proudly a nation that has never been colonized, and the longtime government has been from a tribal minority (the Tigray). In 2018 there was a coup that installed an Oromo president – the largest tribe in Ethiopia. Its namesake region, Oromia, sprawls awkwardly south and west from the capital city Addis Ababa – and covers the majority of coffee territory in Ethiopia.
Of the over 100 million people in Ethiopia, almost 15 million rely on coffee for income. Coffee accounts for 60% of foreign income, and is about 40% of total country exports. For the scope (Africa’s largest producing country) and importance of the industry, there’s a surprising amount of consolidation. Things are constantly changing in Ethiopia but for the most part, buying happens in three ways, from an Exporter who buys off the ECX, from a Coop Union which markets coffees collected from member coops, or direct from a single producer or estate (as long as they have a farm over 2 hectares, they can export).