Ethiopia Guji G1 Natural - Shakiso

Sweet, juicy, blackberry, strawberry, pomegranate, chocolate, balanced
$4.90 / lb $648.15 / bag
TOP LOT
Bag Weight 60 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2020/21
Sep 2021
SKU P608344-3
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About This Coffee

This coffee is from the town of Shakiso in the Bobe'a Ukke ward, located within Sidamo, which lies within the greater Oromia region of Ethiopia and borders the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Region (SNNPR). Around 600 farmers contribute to the Shakiso washing station, each cultivating approximately 2 hectares of coffee. 

Country of Origin Ethiopia
Harvest Season 2020/21
Coffee Grade ETH CA NAT GUJ G1
Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
Plant Species Arabica
Processing Natural/Dry Processed
Cup Score 86.5
Region Guji
Farm Name Shakiso

History of Coffee in Ethiopia 

Coffee is ancient in Ethiopia, but coffee farming is not. By the end of the 9th Century coffee was actively being cultivated in Ethiopia as food, but probably not as a beverage. It was the Arab world that developed brewing. Even as coffee became an export for Ethiopia in the late 1800’s, Ethiopian coffee was the result of gathering rather than agricultural practices. A hundred years ago, plantations, mostly in Harar, were still the exception, while “Kaffa” coffee from the southwest was still harvested wild. In 1935, William Ukers wrote: “Wild coffee is also known as Kaffa coffee, from one of the districts where it grows most abundantly in a state of nature. The trees grow in such profusion that the possible supply, at a minimum of labor in gathering, is practically unlimited. It is said that in south-western Abyssinia there are immense forests of it that have never been encroached upon except at the outskirts.” 

Growing Coffee in Ethiopia 

As the birthplace of coffee, Ethiopia is home to more species of coffee plants than any place on earth, much of it still growing wild, and much of it still undiscovered. All Ethiopian coffee is Arabica and at least 150 varieties are commercially cultivated. Traditionally, these have simply been labelled as “heirloom varietals”; however, this is changing as the Jimma Agricultural Research Center works to identify species.  Although there are a few estates in Ethiopia, 95% of coffee is grown by small land holders in a wide variety of environments, including “coffee forests” where coffee grows wild and is harvested by the local people. All specialty grade Ethiopian Coffee is grown above 4,000 feet and most above 6,000. In the highlands of Sidamo and Yirgacheffe, coffee can grow above 7,000 feet. 

  • Status Spot
  • Cup Score 86.5
  • Region Guji
  • Farm Name Shakiso
  • Producer Type Single Estate
  • Processing Natural/Dry Processed
  • Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Coffee Grade ETH CA NAT GUJ G1
  • Country of Origin Ethiopia
  • Warehouse The Annex
  • On Sale No
  • Top Lot Yes
  • CTRM Contract Number P608344-3

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