Process: Natural Variety: 74110, 74112, Local varieties
Ethiopia Guji - Laayyoo Natural
A complex, Tropical fruited cup. Aromas of ripe pineapple, Passionfruit, and Lime. A well structured cup with a citrusy acidity. The fruit slowly fades to chocolate in the finish
The Laayyoo Natural is produced at the Raro Nensebo washing station in Uraga, Guji. The farmers that deliver cherry to this washing station come from the ‘kebele’ or
village known as Teraga, and their farms sit at elevations between 2,100 and 2,350 m.a.s.l. These producers primarily grow the 74110 and 74112 varieties, which are varieties collected from Metu, Illubabor in Western Ethiopia in the late 1970's selected for their resistance to coffee berry disease and now widely planted in Guji.
The word Laayyoo refers to an indigenous tree growing in this area, used for shade on coffee plantations. Its deep roots allow for the falling leaves to offer rich, nutrient dense compost, acting also as a fertilizer.
This coffee was processed by Sookoo Coffee, which is run by Ture Waji, also known as “The King of Guji”! 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 then 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 washing station and exporting his first coffee under his own brand in 2018.
Between harvests, Ture and his team educate farmers on good agricultural practices, in order to help improve the quality of their cherry. His company also provides pre-harvest loans to farmers who need it, for example to pay for hired labor to do maintenance on the farm, such as weeding and planting.
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- Continent: Africa
- Country: Ethiopia
- Farm: Sookoo Washing Station
- Process: Natural
- Region: Uraga, Fuji
- Variety: 74110, 74112, Local varieties
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