From our friends at Cafe Imports, we learn more about this washed coffee grown on the Tega and Tula farms in the district of Gibo in Kaffa, Ethiopia
“The farm is certified organic and produces both Washed and Natural coffees, and it not only has a wonderful flavor profile but also full traceability down to the producer—and nowadays down to the “block,” or subplot. Ahadu is an entrepreneur who was a founding member of the executive team at the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange, who left the ECX and decided to invest in a farm himself in order to produce entirely specialty coffee. He found the perfect spot in the famous Kaffa Zone, which is considered the absolute birthplace of Arabica coffee, and decided to start up an operation that aimed to preserve the natural beauty of the area, support the local community, and of course produce fantastic coffees. Today, Tega & Tula Coffee Farm is an anchor relationship for Cafe Imports, and every year the lots and the traceability get better.
“This particular block is called Kewo, and is a 49.82-hectare subplot located in the Tega farm. This is the block where the coffee nursery is located, as well as the washing station. It’s also surrounded by UNESCO heritage forests. It was planted and/or renovated in 2000, 2001, and 2004, and has 74165 and 74110 coffee varieties. The coffee called 74110 was developed by the Jimma Agricultural Research Center in the 1970s, bred for their profile as well as fo their resistance to disease, pests, and drought. The variety 74165 is a commonly distributed cultivar whose mother plant came from a CBS-resistant selection discovered in Metu-Bishari.”