Guji Deri Hambela
- Citrus / Prune / Molasses
Coffees from the southern zone of Guji, Ethiopia used to be classified and sold under the "Sidamo" umbrella. However, over the last decade, the region of Guji has been deservedly recognized as a separate producing area - becoming one of the most prized areas for coffee quality in the country.
The Deri Kidame washing station is named for the Deri Kidame kebele, or town, where it is located in the Wamena district of Ethiopia’s Guji zone. The area has fertile red brown soil and Cordia Africana and Acacia Ensete ventricosum trees for shade, benefiting the coffee plants grown by the many smallholder farmers who contribute cherries to the washing station. Coffee farms in the area range 2000-2100 meters above sea level in elevation. The washing station is outfitted with 10 fermentation tanks and 181 raised drying beds which are assigned individual codes, allowing for improved traceability and a higher level of control and tracking throughout the drying process.
We chose this coffee because of its tropical fruit-like notes, bright citrus peel notes and floral character and its stone fruit sweetness.
Location: Deri Hambela, Guji Region
Producer: Various smallholders
Varietal: Local Landraces, Dega Landrace, and 1974 JARC Selections
Process: Fully washed
Altitude: 1,900 - 2,100 m.