This coffee is grown near the town of Kercha in Guji, Oromia region. Kerchanshe washing station, where the coffee was processed, was established just out of town in 2006 by Israel Degfa. Kerchashe mill employs 24 permanent and 304 temporary members during peak harvest. The growing region is around 5km from the mill itself.
Guji coffee has been receiving a lot of attention from the specialty coffee world in the past several years, and for good reasons. Many privately owned washing stations like Israel’s have sprung up recently, in an area that has traditionally processed coffee using a natural or dry method. The quality of these natural 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
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.