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Farm: 1567 Producers organized around Wuri Washing station
Region: Gedeb
Process: Natural
Variety: BIndigenous landraces
Elevation: 2050-2100 masl

The district of Gedeb takes up the south-eastern corner of Ethiopia’s Gedeo Zone - a narrow section of plateau dense with savvy farmers whose coffee is known as “Yirgacheffe”, named after the zone’s most famous district.

Gedeb, however, is a terroir with history,and community all its own that merits unique designation. The region is a thriving market landscape that links commerce between the Guji and Gedeo Zones and contains an expansive network of coffee processing stations who often buy cherry from across zone borders. Processors across Gedeb would argue that their coffee profiles are not exactly Yirgacheffe, but something of their all their own.

Cup profiles produced closer to Guji than the rest of Yirgacheffe are often the most explosive seen from anywhere in Ethiopia. Natural process coffees tend to have perfume-like volatiles whereas fully washed lots are often sparklingly clean and fruit candy-like in structure. Communities around Gedeb reach some of the highest growing elevations for coffee in the world and have a long history of arabica preservation and genetic diversity.

Worka-Sakaro is a municipality located in northeast Gedeb close to the Guji border. It is a remote but impressively industrious area for coffee production. Of the 1300 hectares that comprise the area, over half of them are planted with coffee. Up to a few years ago when coffee exports were allowed only limited channels, the vast majority of coffee grown in this area was either processed and exported by the Yirgacheffe Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (YCFCU), consolidated under the wide-reaching Worka Cooperative, or sold anonymously through the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange (ECX).

Today, however, in addition to the Worka Cooperative splitting into multiple smaller co-ops, there are increasing numbers of single farm owners and independent companies who are processing and exporting direct. It is an exciting time in Gedeb, where there's new layers of coffee continuously unfolding as its local industry accelerates.

Currently there are two private washing stations in Worka-Sakaro, one of which is Wuri, whose name in the Gedeo language translates to “high altitude”. The station was originally constructed in 2012 and today is owned by Ranger Industry & Trading PLC. Wuri, aside from producing punchy and beguiling natural coffees, is also focused on achieving a diversity of processing and milling standards in order to iterate on local traditions and expand expectations of coffees from this area.

This “Grade Zero” selection comes from a collaborative effort to design a near-perfect rendition of a top natural, or “sundried” Gedeb. The experimental microlot begins as a carefully-selected full natural batch, sorted for exact consistency and laid out in single layers to dry in the sun on raised beds. Once dried, the coffee is treated to extra sorting steps at the dry mill, including multiple additional passes in the color sorter and a longer, slower hand-removal of imperfections. This particular lot was milled to a precise screen distribution as well: all coffee is 15-16 screen only, in an effort to help roast uniformity and flavor precision. The idea is to present a better-than-Grade 1 result, hence the grade “0”.

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Farm: 1567 Producers organized around Wuri Washing station
Region: Gedeb
Process: Natural
Variety: BIndigenous landraces
Elevation: 2050-2100masl
The district of Gedeb takes up the south-eastern corner of Ethiopia’s Gedeo Zone - a narrow section of plateau dense with savvy farmers whose coffee is known as “Yirgacheffe”, named after the zone’s most famous district.

Gedeb, however, is a terroir with history, and community all its own that merits unique designation. The region is a thriving market landscape that links commerce between the Guji and Gedeo Zones and contains an expansive network of coffee processing stations who often buy cherry from across zone borders. Processors across Gedeb would argue that their coffee profiles are not exactly Yirgacheffe, but something all their own.

Cup profiles produced closer to Guji than the rest of Yirgacheffe are often the most explosive seen from anywhere in Ethiopia. Natural process coffees tend to have perfume-like volatiles whereas fully washed lots are often sparklingly clean and fruit candy-like in structure. Communities around Gedeb reach some of the highest growing elevations for coffee in the world and have a long history of arabica preservation and genetic diversity.

Worka-Sakaro is a municipality located in northeast Gedeb close to the Guji border. It is a remote but impressively industrious area for coffee production. Of the 1300 hectares that comprise the area, over half of them are planted with coffee. Up to a few years ago when coffee exports were allowed only limited channels, the vast majority of coffee grown in this area was either processed and exported by the Yirgacheffe Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (YCFCU), consolidated under the wide-reaching Worka Cooperative, or sold anonymously through the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange (ECX).

Today, however, in addition to the Worka Cooperative splitting into multiple smaller co-ops, there are increasing numbers of single farm owners and independent companies who are processing and exporting direct. It is an exciting time in Gedeb, where there's new layers of coffee continuously unfolding as its local industry accelerates.
Currently there are two private washing stations in Worka-Sakaro, one of which is Wuri, whose name in the Gedeo language translates to “high altitude." The station was originally constructed in 2012 and today is owned by Ranger Industry & Trading PLC. Wuri, aside from producing punchy and beguiling natural coffees, is also focused on achieving a diversity of processing and milling standards in order to iterate on local traditions and expand expectations of coffees from this area.

This “Grade Zero” selection comes from a collaborative effort to design a near-perfect rendition of a top natural, or “sundried” Gedeb. The experimental microlot begins as a carefully-selected full natural batch, sorted for exact consistency and laid out in single layers to dry in the sun on raised beds. Once dried, the coffee is treated to extra sorting steps at the dry mill, including multiple additional passes in the color sorter and a longer, slower hand-removal of imperfections. This particular lot was milled to a precise screen distribution as well: all coffee is 15-16 screen only, in an effort to help roast uniformity and flavor precision. The idea is to present a better-than-Grade 1 result, hence the grade “0”.