Washing Station Hambela
Producer Various local landholders
Region Dimtu, Hambela Wamena, Guji Zone, Oromia Region.
Altitude 1970-2210 MASL
Varietal Various local types
Our Ethiopia Hambela was grown less than 10km from the town of Dimtu. The washing station, Hambela, was established in 2016 and the name Dimtu means ‘beautiful red colour’ in the local language,Afaan Oromoo which describes the rich red-brown colour of the region’s soil.
Guji coffee is quite distinct from both Yirgacheffe and Sidamo, other much-loved coffees of central and southern Ethiopia. Grown on a very small scale in the personal gardens of the producers, it’s usually intercropped with other plants. Most coffee is organic by default, and the slow, natural drying process results in uniquely intense flavours in the cup profile.
Ensuring the quality of this coffee is the wonderfully community-minded Israel Degfa, owner of Hambela washing station, who operates more than 20 washing stations across the south of Ethiopia. During harvest season, farmers deliver their coffee cherries to Hambela daily where coffee is hand sorted before processing.
Working with Israel for over two years now and spending lots of time travelling with him to see his operations, we’re constantly blown away by his attention to detail and focus on helping those living locally. Israel has implemented great training programs to increase cherry quality and has invested in state-of-the-art flotation systems for sorting cherries before production.
While most Ethiopian coffee is bought via the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX), recent government reforms have allowed larger farms and coops to market and sell their coffee directly to consumers, resulting in increased traceability and fairer pricing.
FOB Price: AUD/kg $9.9
C-market price: $3.2
Fair Trade minimum: $4.53
2.2x higher than the Fair Trade minimum.
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