The Goraa Natural & Honey Lots are produced at the Suke Drying Station station in Shaakkiso, Guji, which falls under the Oromia Region of Ethiopia, managed by Sookoo Coffee. The approximately 23 farmers that deliver cherry to this washing station, come from the ‘kebele’ or village known as Uddo Hadammaa, and have between 2.5 and 3 Ha of land sitting at an elevation of 2,100 m.a.s.l. on average. These producers generally grow the 74110 and 74112 varieties, which are local varieties selected for their production and disease resistance.
The Natural cherries are immediately placed to dry on raised beds, while the Honey cherrie is first de-pulped and then placed on raised beds without fermentation. Naturals take between 20-25 days to dry and Honeys between 15-20 days, depending on the weather, both with continuous movement for uniform drying.
Goraa is the name of a tree or bush that produces wild berries, a bush quite common in the area and forests of the region. These coffee lots are brought to you by Sookoo Coffee, run by Ture Waji, also known as “The King of Guji” from their Suke Washing and Drying Station in Shakkiso. This area is often mistakenly known as Sidamo Guji but should be known only as Guji Zone or East-Guji on its own.
Ture has strong connections to the land, its community, and farmers, as he grew up in the region. After studying, he started as an export and farm manager at his cousin’s farm and company Mormora, and later at Guji Highlands Coffee. Thanks to the trade and coffee liberalization in Ethiopia, he was able to start Sookoo Coffee (formerly known as Dambi Uddo), building his first drying station and exporting his first coffee under his own brand in 2018.
Between harvests, Ture and his team educate farmers on good agricultural practices, to help improve the quality of their cherry. The washing stations employ a ‘woman-first’ policy and the company has built a school for the children. Roads have also been built to improve the infrastructure; if you have been to Ethiopia before, you know how much this is needed!
This is our third year working with Ture, but needless to say, we are thrilled for upcoming harvests!.
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