This year has been extraordinarily difficult for sourcing coffee from Ethiopia. A myriad of factors have contributed to this, and so far we have not come across many outstanding options from Ethiopia. In years past, we would taste around 20 different options, and select 3-4 that we felt best fit what we were looking for. This year we’ve tasted close to 30, and this coffee from Genji Challa has been the only Ethiopian coffee we’ve approved thus far.
We sourced this coffee from our friends at Osito Coffee, who export and import coffee throughout the Americas and East Africa with an emphasis on farmer-to-roaster relationships. In Ethiopia, Osito has partnered with the legendary Mike Mamo who owns and operates the Telila Washing Station.
In Ethiopia, ripe coffee cherries are picked daily during harvest season and delivered to local washing stations, where the farmers are paid and the cherries are further processed for the coffee roasters’ use. The attention paid to processing and sorting at a washing station can make or break the final quality of a coffee, thus working with great washing stations always results in amazing coffees on our menu. Mike and his team have done an excellent job creating not only delicious coffees but creating a meaningful impact for the farmers and their families.
10c of the purchase cost for this coffee is directly donated back to the Kacho Tulla Primary School which is located nearby the washing station.