Ethiopia Agaro Genji Challa Lot 13

$18.25 - $81.00


Honey sweetness with peachy stone fruit notes and orange peel, lime and herbal accents.

Region: Gera
Processing: Wet Process (Washed)
Drying Method: Patio Sun-Dried
Cultivar: Heirloom

"Genji Challa is a wet milling site that is part of the Nano Challa Cooperative in Gera town, Agaro. It's only 3km from the Nano Challa site, and between them, their membership has grown from 500 last year to 640 for the 2018 harvest season. Doubling up wet mills allows the coop better serve members by growing their capacity as well as reach. Genji is outfitted with a Penagos 5000 ecopulper, and after the coffee is washed, it is moved to a skin drying table where it drip dries for a single day before being moved to raised beds to finish drying over the course of 10 days on average. The typical black netting you see wrapped around the tops of the drying tables are covered with jute bags in order to help keep the surface from absorbing heat while the coffee is drying. Both stations sit at just under 1900 meters, and the farm members have coffee as high as 2000 meters above sea level. The coop was formed as part of an initiative to aid farmers in a more comprehensive way. The program was administered by a non-government organization that not only coordinates agronomists and managers for each of the coops they work with, but also has a business adviser assigned that helps the cooperative manage their debt, re-invest in quality improvements at the mill, and verifies distribution of income to all members. They've since "graduated" from this program and are now part of an independent, local Union who assist the cooperatives with functions like marketing, exporting, and general representation on an international scale."

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