Transcend Coffee & Roastery
Feku Jabril is an experienced coffee miller and was one of the first to build a washing station in Uraga. After selling his previous operation to a large exporter, he built a new one, which he named after his wife: Hana Asrat. Because he is a privately owned washing station, the laws of Ethiopia state that he is allowed to maintain the traceability of coffees that come from his mill. He has partnered with SNAP coffees, a small Ethiopian coffee exporter to sell this lot. We’ve said before that it’s great news to be able to finally see what coffees from Guji are actually capable of tasting like. When the Ethiopia Commodities exchange was created, most coffees grown and processed in Guji would be trucked over to Yirgacheffe town for sale, with their provenance lost to everyone upstream. This is certainly not the case anymore, as new washing stations are being constructed and new coffee farms are being planted all over Guji. The farmers in this area have trees that are on average only 5-7 years old and are predominantly improved selections from the Jimma Agricultural Research Center. After depulping, these coffees are immediately moved into washing channels where workers remove as much mucilage as possible. They are left to soak overnight before being brought to raised beds to dry over the course of 2-3 weeks. After being brought to 12-13% moisture, the coffee is moved to large bins in warehouses to rest for a week. The last step before the coffee is sent for dry-milling s to sort through the dried parchment-covered coffee by hand. This is one of the three lots that we purchased from SNAP this year, and we can’t believe how delicious and complex they are. We look forward to working with them for years to come!
Director of Coffee
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