STONE FRUIT, SWEET CARAMEL, FLORAL, RASPBERRY, BALANCED-MEDIUM
Grower: Daniel Mijane
Region: Gedeb, Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia: Worka Sakaro Washing Station
Varieties: JARC Indigenous Heirloom Landrace
Elevation: 1900-=2200 meters
Process: Washed: 24-48 wet fermentation, dried 10-14 days on raised beds
Worasa Mijane and his son Daniel Mijane are famous for the quality of their coffee throughout the Gedeb region, which is the most southern Yirgacheffe coffee growing area. This selection comes from their Worka Sakaro washing station, and is a testament to their dedication of producing nothing by the best.
Worasa and Daniel are both natives to the woreda of Gedeb. In the early 2000's Worasa started processing coffee at his first site in the community of Worka Sakaro. Nearly a decade later, in 2013, Worasa and his son Daniel started their second washing station in the community of Halo Hartume, just a few kilometers to the west. Every year coffee buyers flock to these sites to meet Daniel and Worasa, because year after year they produce outstanding and consistent quality.
Yirgacheffe is famous for putting washed coffee on the map in Ethiopia decades ago. People fell in love with the floral and citric profiles that the washing process brought out in coffees of Yirgacheffe, and almost instantly this small town became famous. The region is home to 400+ smallholder regional coffee cherry producers.
Southern Ethiopia, and Yirgacheffe in particular can get very confusing when figuring out the geographical areas and names. Yirgacheffe is actually the name of a small town, and the name fo a small word (district). However, the name Yirgacheffe became synonymous for coffees coming from a much greater area than just eh town or the word. Today, Yirgacheffe coffee is mostly from the political boundary area called the Gedeo Zone, named after the Gedeo ethnic group. Notably though, a very small amount of coffee labeled as Yirgacheffe comes from the Oromia SNNPR region that borders the western edge of Gedeo. The Gedeo Zone is broken down into 7 woredas: Dilla, Dilla Zuria, Bule, Wenago, Yirgacheffe, Kochere, and Gedeb. Gedeb is the southern most woreda of the Gedeo Zone, and in comparison to other areas, coffee is somewhat newer to this area. Many farms here have only been growing coffee for 1 or 2 generations, and much of the coffee is only 20-30 years old. Farms in this area tend to be slightly larger than in the northern part of Yirgacheffe, but are still relatively small, averaging around 1-3 hectares.