Our trip to Ethiopia in 2016 was an exploratory one. After traveling extensively to Limu, Yirgacheffe, Sidama, Harrar and Keffa, we decided it was time to search the formerly not so frequented region of Guji for a source of great coffee.
We settled in Sakiso for a week of coffee hunting in the region. From Shakiso we headed into the mountains looking for a quality naturally processed coffee. In Guji where gold mining is prevalent, natural processed coffees are the process of choice. The primary reason being that with gold mining the water supply is poisoned with mercury.
We had a wonderful week of travel to distant forests where coffee grows wildly with Wadessa, a village elder of Shakiso and one of the best coffee suppliers.
Coffee growing wildly offers perfect biodiversity of both the genetic diversity of the coffee plant and the forest itself. There is an average of 10-15 tree species in this forest, which also produces an amazing wild ginger and the most exotic coffee flower honey I have ever tasted, among thousands of other species. It also offers economic benefits to the tribes who live among the forest.
While there La Boheme Cafe also had the opportunity to sponsor a school in the midst of one of the coffee forests.. You can also see pictures of the school we sponsored here. The village elders of Shakiso was so impressed by La Boheme Cafe’s social commitment to the local school that they awarded Charles with elder status of Shakiso.
This coffee is naturally processed and very balanced! It has a syrupy mouthfeel with delicate citric acidity and with the taste of molasses, ginger, black currant and jasmine.
ginger / blackcurrant / molasses / jasmine
||Various small lot farmers
|Soil type||Volcanic, Loam
||2000 - 2150 m a.s.l.
||December - March