We are impressed by this washed coffee from Mijane Woresa and his son Daniel Mijane, who own and operate two washing stations in Gedeb. This coffee comes from Halo Hartume, a washing station named for its kebele, or neighbourhood within the Gedeb woreda or district of the Gedeo zone, wherein lies the famous Yirgacheffe town which often acts as a proxy for the regional name. The microregion is rich with coffee, and this selection was grown by smallholder farmers living in the area who then contributed either to a collection point or directly to the washing station.
This lot is an excellent example of a classic floral southern Ethiopia. This particular lot was processed as a washed, meaning that the coffee is pulped, fermented and then sun-dried on African beds. It is sourced from 400 farmers who cultivate coffee on small plots and deliver their cherry to the Halo Hartume washing station. On arrival, cherries are carefully hand sorted and floated to separate out less dense beans, then depulped, fermented for 48 hours, and washed and classified again in channels. The parchment is placed on raised beds where it is hand sorted again and dried over a period of 12 to 15 days. The parchment is also covered during the afternoons to prevent harsh drying in the intense sun. As a family owned business, Mijane and his sons emphasize social impact in the communities where they source coffee. They have invested in more localised cherry collection sites to reduce the transportation cost for small producers. Mijane’s family have also contributed to road construction projects that make travel for everyone a bit easier. They are also responding to the local needs for investing in school infrastructure projects and making sure the children have equipment to play sports.
Yirgacheffe is a town in central southern Ethiopia, located in the Gedeo Zone. It is also the administrative center of Yirgacheffe woreda (or district), the coffee growing area we are all familiar with. Yirgacheffe is bordered on the south by Kochere, on the west by the Oromia Zone, on the north by Wenago and on the east by Bule. These are all household names for us within the specialty coffee world. Most of the coffee from Yirgacheffe sits at an elevation between 1800 and 2200 meters above sea level and are predominantly grown by small holder farmers.