Qabballe, from the Cold Ethiopian Mountains

The Qabballe Natural is produced at the Raro Nensebo Drying Station in Uraga, Guji, which falls under the Oromia Region of Ethiopia. This area is often mistakenly known as Sidamo Guji but instead should be known only as Guji Zone on its own

To minimize fermentation, farmers deliver cherries to the washing station at night. At the station, an extensive sorting process removes over and under ripe cherries. The coffee is then dried on African beds under the full sun, following Sookoo Coffee’s strict drying protocols of maximum layer density of 4cm and six times daily rotation. This process reduces the risk of over-fermentation and defects. The standard drying time for their coffee is between 21-28 days, ensuring optimal flavor development. 

Raro Nansebo Drying Station

Qabballe, or “cold”, was given to this lot due to the cold climate from these high-elevation farms that contributed cherry. Sookoo Coffee, run by Ture Waji, also known as “The King of Guji”. Ture Waji, founder of Sookoo Coffee, has strong connections to the land and  this community. 

He started his own brand in 2018, building drying stations in Uraga and Shakiso. Sookoo Coffee currently produces only natural coffees, but has plans for washed coffees in the future. They educate farmers on good agricultural practices and provide pre-harvest loans. Sookoo Coffee has a ‘woman-first’ policy at washing stations, built a school for children, and improved local infrastructure. 

We first met Ture Waji on our very first trip to Ethiopia, and we were immediately impressed by his company’s values and mission to produce high-quality, traceable, and sustainable coffee. We had the opportunity to taste his coffees for the first time on the last day of our trip and were blown away by their deliciousness. We have now worked with Ture for three years, and we are thrilled for upcoming harvests. We believe in the exciting projects he has in the works, including producing washed coffees at his current washing stations, venturing into new regions within Guji, and separating out single farmer lots.

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