Process method: washed Origin: Ethiopia Region:Guji, Oromia Region Farm/Producer: 1500 smallholder farmer members Washing Station: Endalkachew Elevation: 1800–2100 masl Variety: Heirloom Ethiopian varieties Harvest: November - January Retail Price: $19/12oz. box
Endalkachew is a washing station that currently serves about 1,500 to 1,750 smallholder producers in the Oromia region of Guji.
Washed lots at this washing station are delivered ripe, de-pulped within 8 hours of picking, fermented for 36 hours, and washed before being soaked/fermented underwater for 12 hours. Then they are washed again. The total fermentation time is between 48–72 hours. The coffee is dried on raised beds and then stored when the moisture level is 11.5%.
Coffees in Ethiopia are typically traceable to the washing station level, where smallholder farmers—many of whom own less than 1/2 hectare of land, and as little as 1/8 hectare on average—deliver cherry by weight to receive payment at a market rate. The coffee is sorted and processed into lots without retaining information about whose coffee harvest is in which bag or which lot.