This Ethiopian Guji Arsosala is sourced from the same exporter as our Yirgacheffee Kochere, Haile Selassie Ambaye. Sevenoaks Trading coffee is now their local logistics, warehousing and consolidation partners.
From trade with the Arab nations, pure Arabica-based coffees became a valuable crop. Subsequently, the rest of Ethiopia started growing coffee and has been doing so since the mid-1500s.
One of the great things about Ethiopian coffees is the complete mix of varieties, or should we say cultivars. An estimate of between six thousand and ten thousand cultivars exist naturally in the Ethiopian highlands, and are commonly grouped under the name heirloom. Cross-pollination of genetics is totally astonishing. So much so that there are more cultivars of arabica in heirloom coffee in Ethiopia than there are in the rest of the world.
Guji, as a region
The Guji region is East of the famous Yirgacheffe area. Over the last 2 decades, the Guji region has gone from a relatively obscure coffee region to being a firm favourite, especially the naturals. We visited the region in 2016 and saw many rehabilitated forests that were also being used to grow coffees. The processing stations are relatively modern (in comparison to Sidama and Yirgacheffee), which has helped with the success of the natural processed coffees.
Traditionally, Ethiopian naturally processed coffees were a little fermented and funky. With the modern methods mainly introduced in Guji, they have carved out a niche in the Ethiopian industry.
Ethiopian Guji Arsosala
When we cupped this coffee, we were impressed with the sweet melon flavours. We have worked hard to display this characteristic flavour using a specific roast profile. The grape and blackberry notes are complemented by a brown sugar note that is almost molasses.
Details of Guji Arsosala
A grade 1 natural from one of the newest producing regions of Ethiopia.
|Brew Method||Ratio||Brew Method||Ratio|
(citrus -> sweet)
(fruity -> full-bodied)
|Producer / Organisation||Haile Selassie Ambaye|
|FOB price||Current FOB price pending, waiting for Sevenoaks to permit us to publish.|
|Lot size bought||6 x 60kg bags, yearly|
|Relationship||We have visited the area and the mill. This is our second season we selected this coffee.|