$18.50 | 12 oz bag
The Guji Highland estate in the Dambi Udo village in Ethiopia combines coffee from its farm with selections from 75 local growers to create this exceptional natural sundried coffee. Both the estate and the surrounding farms have impressive agricultural systems—coffees grow under a dense and diverse canopy of shade, which protects the ecology of the forest. This selection boasts flavors of blueberry, black cherry, and marmalade.
The Guji Highland Coffee Estate was established in 2012 by Wedessa Yachisi, in Oddo-Shakisso, which is located in the village of Dambi Udo. Coffee-producing villages in this area of Guji range from 1700-2200 m.a.s.l. with Dambi Udo being one of the more well-known ones located at a the higher altitude. The Guji Highland estate is around 150 hectares, but they work with and buy coffee from 75 coffee farmers around the estate to prepare their selections of natural sundried coffees. Counter Culture began sourcing from the estate in 2017, and since then, our team in Addis Ababa has been collaborating with the estate to improve quality practices and communication. These efforts have lead to more pristine natural processing and also earlier arrival of the coffee in the US, so our customers can drink fresher, better selections.
More broadly in regards to coffee, the Guji zone is bordered by two major coffee producing zones in Ethiopia: Sidama and Gedeo. Like its neighbors, the coffees from Guji have a unique coffee quality profile. Often exhibiting the floral and citrus notes Gedeo coffees are known for, Guji coffees also frequently show complex fruit tones that range from tropical to berries depending on the processing method. The complexity of the coffee could be attributed to many things including the very wide agroecology of the area, or the fact that some growers in the area collect coffee seeds for planting from the Badda Madaga natural forest.
The Guji Highland estate calls the varieties they grow on their farm “Gujicha,” which simply means “from Guji.” Whether it is the unique varieties, the freshness of the arrival, or the environment the coffee is grown in, everything came together perfectly for this impressive selection.
Dambi Uddo takes its name from a tall tree which very common in the wild forest located near the town of Shakisso.