West Guji, Ethiopia
$19.00 | 12 oz bag
The Kilenso Mokonisa coffee-washing station is owned by Nardos Coffee Export in Ethiopia. We've been working with them to improve communication and quality production practices, which have led to more pristine natural processing and earlier arrival of the coffee to the U.S. The company produces exceptionally high-quality natural sundried coffee by combining production from its family-owned farms with that of growers in 11 other villages in the Bule Hora province of the West Guji zone. Look for notes of blueberry, citrus, and coriander.
The Kilenso washing station was established in 1997 by Aklilu Kassa in the village of Kilenso Mokonisa in the Bule Hora woreda of the West Guji Zone. Nardos Coffee Export PLC owns this coffee-washing station. At this facility, Nardos produces both natural sundried and washed coffees. The coffee is sourced from the family-owned 150 hectare coffee farm and the permanently registered 1,334 coffee farmers who produce coffee in 11 villages around the washing station. The family farm is located in the Saraji Ela Badesa Kebele village, however, this natural sundried coffee lot is a village separated coffee lot that was grown on a higher altitude coffee farm in Kilenso Mokonisa Kebele.
In 2018, Counter Culture started sourcing coffee from this specific washing station. Our East African supply chain management team based in Addis Ababa has been collaborating with the Nardos Coffee Export PLC to improve communication and quality production practices. These efforts have led to more pristine natural processing and earlier arrival of the coffee in the U.S. so that our customers can enjoy fresher, better tasting coffee.
The West Guji zone is bordered by two major coffee producing zones in Ethiopia: East Guji and Gedeo. Like its neighbors, the coffees from West Guji have a unique coffee quality profile. Very often it shares the floral and citrus notes of Gedeo coffees and also frequently shows complex fruit tones that range from tropical to berries depending on the processing method. The coffee production system in the West Guji zone shares some of the intensive intercropping and densely shaded garden coffee production systems as the Gedeo zone. In essence, it is dominantly characterized by a production system that is in the process of switching from semi-forest to garden coffee production. Moreover, farmers in West Guji zones own larger farms as compared to those in Gedeo. 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 dense Bada Magada forest in the Bule Hora province.
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.