Ethiopia - Shakiso

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Producer Nardos Coffee, Biniyam Aklilu
Process Washed
Region East Guji, Oromia
Variety Heirloom
Altitude 1980 masl

The Project
Nardos Coffee dates back to the 1960’s, when Biniyam’s great-grandfather started coffee production in Guji. Later on, his grandfather built a washing station there. That was the first ever privately-run washing station in the region. Then, in 1998, Biniyam’s father founded a coffee export company.

In three generations, the family has pulled off this major undertaking, leaving an indelible mark on the history of Ethiopian coffee.
Today, Nardos Coffee runs nine washing stations and six dry mills in Guji, Yirgachefe, and Uraga, with a workforce of 115 permanent employees.
Shakiso Washing Station is located in the Oromia Region in the Eastern part of the Guji district at an altitude of 1980m above sea level.

The Coffee
When cupping coffees from Nardos Coffee, one notices their beautiful consistency. Through our conversation with Biniyam, we were able to learn the secret behind the quality. “Small things matter, like building a washing station at an altitude of 2,000 meters or higher, fermenting and drying coffee on time, and letting harvested coffees cool before moving them into a warehouse to keep them from drying too much.
Efforts like these, no matter how small, make a big difference in the quality of coffee.”