Werka | Natural Wolisho

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This lot is made up of coffees grown in the kebele (local village) of Werka (pronounced “wer-kah”), which is located in the Nensebo woreda (administrative district), in Ethiopia’s West Arsi Zone. The coffee was processed using the natural method at Aash washing station, one of ten owned and managed by Testi Coffee, a family-owned company founded by Mr Faysel A. Yonis.

Aash washing station sits across 1,950-2,100 meters above sea level. During harvest, freshly picked coffee cherry is delivered daily by about 750 local coffee growers, before being processed under the watchful eye of operations manager, Biniam Tadesse. The majority of the families who contributed to this lot farm organically on tiny plots of land, which average just 2–5 hectares in size. Coffee is their main cash crop and grows alongside food crops of corn, grain and bananas, under the shade of native Birbira, Wanza, and Acacia trees. The average elevation of the farms in this region is very high – around 1,950–2,150m above sea level – and this, combined region’s cool temperatures, is ideal for the slow ripening of coffee cherries, leading to denser beans and a sweeter, more complex cup profile.