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Wate Gogugu WASHED GRADE 1 - Guji, ETHIOPIA

Quick Facts

Producer: Kadir Jabril - who works with farmers in the kabele (community) of Wate Gogugu.

Country: Ethiopia

Region: Uraga, Guji

Elevation: 2000 -2280 MASL

Varieties: JARC Selections & Indigenous Landraces

Harvest: December- January

Process: Washed

Overview

Kadir Jabril, along with his brothers Abdi and Feku, were some of the first people to recognize the quality potential in Uranga,. When they set up their coffee sites, and created remarkable coffees, they not only put their family on the map, but helped put Uraga on the map.

Around Wate Gogogu is some of the newest farms of coffees in all of Ethiopia. While coffee has been in Uraga for some time, much of the coffee trees growing in Wate Gogogu are only 5-10 years old. It is also unique that the Wate Gogogu site run by Kadir, sources almost exclusively from the community just around them, with little to no coffee coming from other kebeles (communities). These young coffee trees, in the high elevations of Wate Gogogu, combine with the quality focus of Kadir to create an exceptional coffee.

History

The Jabril family grew up in the town of Dilla, a town that borders the Sidama and Gedeo regions in southern Ethiopia. Living in this area of southern Ethiopia, coffee is a way of life. Here, a huge percentage of the population drinks coffee everyday and many are entrenched in the coffee industry itself; as farmers, traders, and labors that are picking and processing coffee. Coming from a family with a history in coffee already, it is no surprise the Jabril brothers; Feku, Adbi, and Kadir were drawn to it as well.

The eldest of the 3 brothers, Feku Jabril, was the first to really recognize the the area of Uraga in Guji as a place of great potential. When farmers in the region started planting more coffee in the early 2000's, Feku went to Uraga to work for washing stations as a person to collect coffee cherry and bring it in for processing to those sites. After his initial time in Uraga, Feku owned and ran his own site called, Senkole Hora, which was big coffee processing site in the very northern tip of Uraga. A few years later, in 2014, Feku stopped operating the Senkole Hora site and put all his energy into a new site named Hana Asarat, in the kebele (community) of Yobitu Koba.

Abdi Jabril, who is a few years younger than Feku, was inspired by his brother's operation, and started running his own washing station in Larcho Torka in in eastern Uraga.

Abdi and Feku's younger brother Kadir, also found Uraga to be a place of huge potential. In 2016, Kadir built his site in Wate Gogogu, a community in the far northwestern edge of Uraga.

It is remarkable for a family to have 1 site producing amazing coffees, but these 3 brothers show what is possible by bringing a level of focus that is rarely seen in the coffee industry of Ethiopia. With methodical processing and high quality standards, the coffees from this family have made a mark not only in Uraga - but have become some of the most sought after coffees from the country.

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Flavor Notes

Honeysuckle, Tropical Fruit , Citrus, Juicy

With an up front floral fragrance, notes of ruby red grapefruit and deep tropical fruits- this lot of Wate Gogugu showcases the complexity that is expected out of the very best coffees from Uraga.

Processing Info

Washed

The Wate Gogugu washing station utilizes the traditional underwater fermentation popular in Ethiopia. The coffee is fermented underwater for approximately 36-48 hours. After Fermentation the coffee is washed and soaked in clean water. After soaking the coffee is dried on raised beds for approx 10-14 days.

Regional Info

Uraga, Guji

Coffees from Guji, in southern Ethiopia used to be classified and sold as Sidamo just a few years ago, but over the last decade the region of Guji has been recognized more and more as a separate and unique producing area.

The woreda (district) of Uraga, is known for it's staggering elevations that are mostly between 2,000 and 2,300 meters, which make it a mecca for high quality coffee production. While the terrain is impressive for coffee, the ecology of the farms growing coffee in Uraga is often misunderstood. While there are pockets of forests in the region of Uraga, it is often misrepresented that farmers are growing coffee in the forests. Coffee producers in Uraga, are mainly what are known as "garden" farmers, which means they have a few hectares around their homes, with some amount of shade canopy, but these farmers are not cultivating coffee IN the dense forests itself of Uraga.

Many of the areas of Uraga, are relatively new to producing coffee, and certain areas have coffee trees that are predominately 10 years old or even less. As the farms here are newer than other areas of southern Ethiopia like; Gedeo or Sidama, and the population in Uraga is less dense, the coffee farms in Uraga tend to be slightly bigger at 1.5-2 hectares.

If there is one thing for certain, Uraga is an region that will continue to grow and be recognized for exceptional coffees for years to come.