Coffee: Ethiopia Guji Gr 1 Washed Arabica, Guracho Washing Station
Roast Recommendation: Medium to Medium Dark Roast
Cupping Profile: Intensely bright and juicy with distinct green tea, green apple, and ginger flavors with a juicy, bright green apple acidity and a satiny body.
Main Producing Region: Guji Zone, Kercha Woreda
Drying Method: Sun dried on rasied beds
Processing Methods: Washed at washing station
Genetic Varieties: Typica
Guji coffee has been receiving a lot of attention from the specialty coffee world in the past several years, and for good reason. Many privately owned washing stations have sprung up recently, in an area that has traditionally processed coffee using a natural (dry) method. The quality of these washed coffees can be outstanding, which isn’t surprising considering the area’s close proximity to Yirgacheffe. “Close” is relative speaking in terms of travel in Ethiopia, where 100 km can mean a 10 hour drive, but the variety of terrain and culture in that short distance is incredible.
Guji is an administrative zone of the Oromia region of Ethiopia, which gained political definition in 2002. Prior to that year, the Guji territory (named for the Guji tribe of the Oromo people) was a part of the Borena zone. Guji Zone shares a border with the Southern Nations, Nationalities & People’s Region (SNNP,) which includes Gedeo Zone (where Yirgacheffe is located) and Sidama Zone.
Despite being near to Yirgacheffe in location (as the crow flies,) there is a huge diversity of coffee profiles from Guji, ranging from the sweet lemon candy and floral tea, to heavy green melon, peach and rose flavors. The natural coffees from Guji can also be outstanding, bringing syrupy fruit, marmalade, rosé wine and perfumed aromatics.
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