This coffee was produced in the Sidamo Guji region of Ethiopia's Southern Oromia state. It was processed at the privately owned Qilenso washing station, to which around 575 producers deliver their coffee during harvest season.
These producers farm organically on small plots of land - averaging 0.7 hectares in size - at an altitude of 1,900-2,000 metres. Coffee is the main cash crop for families in this rural region, and it is usually grown alongside food for consumption, as well as other cash crops, such as Ethiopian bananas.
At harvest time, the ripest cherries are hand picked and delivered to the wet mill, where they are carefully processed using the washed method. (This lot from Qilenso is classified as ‘Grade 1’, which means only the highest quality coffee cherries were selected and processed.) The beans are then dried for 10-15 days on African drying beds – first under cover and then in the sun.