Ethiopia Uraga Tebe Burka Washed
Region: Oromia, Guji, Uraga
Altitude: 1,950 – 2,100 masl
Plant Varietal: Heirloom
Tasting Notes: Jasmine, Cherry, Orange
In the local Oromic language Tebe Burka means “fertile land.” The private washing station model (buying cherry from smallholder farmers who deliver cherry) is common in Ethiopia, especially in Southern areas like Guji, Sidamo and Yirgacheffe. But the Edema family stands out for their quality, and have been in the coffee processing business for over 30 years around Guji and Shakiso zones. Their #1 placement for shed coffee at the 2019 AFCA Taste of Harvest is a testament to the quality that comes out of the Tebe Burka Washing Station.
Farmers selectively handpick cherry and deliver it to Tebe Burka Washing Station. Cherry is floated and then visually inspected for damaged, over- and under-ripe cherry. Cherry is pulped and fermented for 36 to 72 hours. Throughout fermentation, water is replaced three times. After fermentation, parchment is run through a washing channel to remove remaining mucilage. Staff push parchment through the channels and coffee is separated into grades by density. Once clean, the highest parchment grade are soaked for an additional 8 to 12 hours.
Oboleyan which means “brothers” in Oromo language where over 70% of Ethiopian coffee export comes from is formed by 5 brothers in coffee business, namely Mr. Tariku Edema, Wendimu Edema, Demelash Edema, Wendafrash Abebe Edema and Anteneh Edema. Mr. Tariku, General Manager of Oboleyan Coffee Export and Mr. Wendafrash having many years of experience in coffee export business, Mr. Wendimu and Demelash having experience in coffee processing and farm and Mr. Anteneh having experience in coffee warehousing and export activity makes up export, processing and coffee farm team for the company.