Ethiopia: Wolichu Wachu - Guji Washed Heirloom
In the cup: Elegant, tea-like and with graceful tones of citrus, jasmine and a hint of blueberry. Silken, structured mouthfeel. Layered with lots to discover as the coffee cools.
Cupping Score: 88
Mouthfeel: Structured, elegant.
Process: Fully Washed
Producer: Local Smallholders / Wolichu Wachu Washing Station
Altitude: 1900 - 2200 meters above sea level
Region: Uraga / Guji
Wolichu Wachu is the rather splendid name of a washing station owned and run by a farmers cooperative in Guji, Ethiopia. Starting operations only in 2017, it's a relatively modern washing and processing station and was designed to take account to the most up to date insights into speciality coffee production.
The way this knowledge impacted the station can be seen in many ways, but one way that’s immediately apparent is the station’s layout. By positioning intake at the top of a small incline and placing subsequent processing steps further and further down the hill, the station can take advantage of gravity and increase its overall efficiency. At the bottom of the hill, the spacious and well-organized drying field gets even, predictable sunlight. Thanks to their layout, the station does not need the pumps that many older stations use to move coffee through the processing infrastructure.