Ethiopia Guji Buku Abel Natural
Region Oromia, Hambela Wamela
Altitude 1,900 – 2,300 masl
Tasting Note Cantaloupe, Peach, Grape
Buku Abel emerged won first place in the natural coffee market of AFCA ToH Ethiopia (Taste of Harvest Ethiopia). It further surprised many when it won the champion title in the ToH Africa four consecutive successive years 2015- 2018, the regional African competition.
Buku Abel is a small village in the southeast of Ethiopia with an extremely high altitude of 2300masl; it is located in the Hambela woreda within the Guji zone. Like many other coffees from different parts of Ethiopia, the coffee varietal in Buku Abel was originally found by the farmer specifically around the local area, which then becomes an heirloom passed down from generation to generation.
The coffee trees in Buku Abel are often planted among shady banana plantations which also support the life of various free-ranging livestock. Due to the cold climate and extreme altitude, the coffees grown in Buku Abel are slow to maturation, leading to smaller fruit sizes (similar to smaller mokka varietal) and very hard coffee seeds with high density.
As a family-owned estate, the farmers have collected more than hundreds of years of experience in harvesting the fruits at just the right time to make sure that the cherries are red as blood, because coffee harvested at this stage (fully ripe, just before it turns black) often promises high sweetness.
To avoid earthy flavours and extra moisture from seeping into the coffee, raised bed woven from bamboo strips are used as the drying bed, allowing the coffees to dry under the full sun for 8-12 days.
DW Coffee grower and exporter (DW Coffee Export Plc) has been registered and established under the Ethiopian law and engaged in the export of the Ethiopian Green Arabica coffee worldwide. The company owned by Mr. Demissie Edema who is well known coffee grower and supplier from Guji zone for the past 22 years. As the owner has good experience in coffee farming starting from his infancy stage. DW is well known by its speciality coffee prepared by collecting only red –ripe coffee cherries from its own farm and out-grower farmers then drying on raised coffee drying beds established in close proximity to coffee growing areas of Guji Zone.