producers: local smallholders
region: Nensebo, Guji
elevation: 2100 m
species and varietal: arabica, indigenous heirloom
processing method: washed
Our coffee comes from the Nensebo woreda (district) of West Arsi in the Oromia region of Ethiopia. Part of the Guji Zone, named after a tribe of the local Oromo peoples. Founded in 2019, the privately-owned Mundayo washing station (owned by Faysel Abdosh Yonis’ company, Testi Coffee) collects the daily harvests of around 750 nearby smallholders. The use of chemicals and pruning of shrubs is not typical, so the crop can be considered organic by default. The coffee cherries arriving at the station are sorted by hand, de-pulped and then placed in fermentation tanks for 36-48 hours, depending on the weather conditions, where wild yeast strains and bacteria characteristic of the environment take care of the fermentation. Then the coffee beans are being washed and graded in channels followed by drying 12-15 days on raised beds.