Producer: Ture Waji, Eegata Alaka, and Fedhesa Wodessa - in collaboration with 23 farmers in the sub-kebele (community) of Bookkisa.
Region: Odo Shakisso, Guji
Elevation: 2,000- 2,100 m.a.s.l.
Variety: Bishari Selections 74110 & 74112, and other Indigenous Selections
Harvest: October - January
Bookisa is a sub-kebele (small community) in the Odo Shakisso district of Guji. This selection comes from 23 farmers that harvested and turned in their coffee cherries to a natural processing site run by Ture Waji and Eegata Alaka. This site was established 2018, when Ture and Eegata worked together with their company's third partner, Fedhesa Wodessa, to invest in this specific area to create exceptional coffees.
At the site they built, Ture and Eegata work with growers not just in Bookkisa, but growers from over a half dozen sub-kebeles that are located around this small area of Odo Shakisso. The team at the natural processing site keeps the coffee cherries from each of these sub-kebeles separated when they are received, and then the coffee cherries are sorted for perfect ripeness. After sorting, the coffee cherries are turned throughout the day for even drying, and are routinely checked for moisture. This level of detail and rigor when it comes to drying and moisture checking is rarely seen in Ethiopia and creates a more consistent, cleaner, and brighter natural processed coffee.
Ture Waji, Eegata Alaka, and Fedhesa Wodessa are from the same extended family, that is very well known in Guji for coffee. Much of the family has been in Guji for generations, and are known for setting up some of the semi-forest coffee estates in the area that first put Guji on the map for quality in the early 2000's.
When Ture, Eegata, and Fedhesa set out to partner together, they knew that family, and the quality coffee their extended family was known for in Guji was going to be at the heart of their company and that they had a high bar to meet. In 2018, the idea for their company that they had been talking about came alive when they established Sookoo Coffee, and hired a great team consisting of many of their family members to run operations all around Guji and in Addis Ababa.
Sookoo means "gold" in the Afaan Oromo language, and is a reference to the fact that the region of Odo Shakisso is very famous for it's gold mining. To Ture and his partners, the name represents that while they are from this area famous for it's mining of gold - that their gold is actually the coffee.
The first year Sookoo Coffee operated they focused their efforts in the region of Odo Shakisso. In Odo Shakisso they set up a natural processing site and worked with a few other single producers in the area to export coffees. In the 2019/2020 season, they expanded their operations to the region of Uraga in Guji and set up a second processing site in the kebele of Raro Nensebo. These two sites have focused on super clean natural processed coffees, but these two sites are not all Sookoo Coffee has in their future plans. Sookoo Coffee has already planted a medium sized farm in the sub-kebele of Okolu in Odo Shakisso, and plans on working with more farmers in Odo Shakisso, Uraga, and more areas in the future.
Concord Grape, Bakers Chocolate, Lemon
Coffee cherries are laid out in thin layers and dried on raised beds for approx 15-21 days depending on weather. During this time the coffee cherries are constantly turned throughout the day to ensure even drying. During the initial drying all under-ripe cherry is sorted out.
Odo Shakisso, Guji
The wordea (disctrict) of Odo Shakisso is in the southern Ethiopian region of Guji. Odo Shakisso is surrounded by the well known coffee growing districs of; Birbisa Kojowa to the west, Hambela Wamena to the northwest and, to the north and northeast by Uraga, Bore, Ana Sora, and Adola. While some of these other districts are popular for coffee today, many people give credit to the large estates in Odo Shakisso for first putting the whole region of Guji on the map over a decade ago. Estates like Mordecofe, Suke Quoto, and Mormora set a high bar for their quality, and were followed by estates like Kayon Mountain, Guji Highland, and now today many others have been established- like the farmers Ture Waji and Eegata Alaka work with.