Guji Jigesa Weysi, Filter 250g
Guji Jigesa, Filter - Ethiopia - Filter - 250g
Farm: Various small farms
Processing: Fully washed & dried on raised beds
Altitude: 1,800 to 2,000 metres above sea level
Owner: Testi Trading
Town / City: Denbi Uddo, Shakisso District
Region: Oromia, Guji
Jasmine green tea & melon
"This exceptional lot was processed, dry milled and exported by Testi Coffee, a family-run business owned and managed by the Yonis family, who are making a name for themselves on the Ethiopian Specialty Coffee scene. For many years it was very difficult to secure good traceability information on many Ethiopian lots. As of 2017, all this changed, and we are very happy to highlight the great work that these valued partners are doing at origin." - Thanks to our partners 'Mercanta Coffee Hunters' for finding this beautiful lot that we are delighted to be roasting and sharing with our fellow coffee fans.
Ethiopia is the birth place of the Arabica coffee plant and still produces some of the finest coffees on the planet. This coffee is an exceptional example of a washed high altitude coffee. The clarity in the cup and the sweet floral are present due to the exceptional processing as well as the conditions in the region where the coffee is grown, such as the altitude. We only expect to see floral flavours in coffees grown at really high altitude and this lot has it in abundance.
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"The first person in the Yonis family to get seriously involved with coffee was Faysel A. Yonis. Faysel began working with coffee in the late 1990s, but at the time he was purely involved in supplying the local market. As the potential for specialty coffee in the country increased, Faysel saw opportunity. Even though he was still constrained by the ECX, he had a feeling that things would change. Faysel established Testi Coffee in 2009 as a coffee exporting company, set about surrounding himself with exceptional coffee professionals, and hired his nephew, Adham, raised and educated in the USA, to help with outreach and marketing.
Today, Testi owns and/or operates four washing stations in Guji, Yirgacheffe, Sidamo and in Limu – all premier coffee producing regions. This lot was processed using the fully washed method at their Guji station. The coffee is named after one of the washing station collection points.
They work with small holder farmers, with the aim of securing the very best prices for their coffee so that they can pay fair prices for the cherry delivered. They have also recently established a 250 hectare farm in the Bench Maji Zone, where they plan to experiment with organic practices. They are currently also building a warehouse in Shakiso where they can process natural coffees locally, in the region where the coffee is grown. This keeps more revenue in the communities where the coffees are produced.
Testi’s objective is quality and building long term business relationships. Their washing stations are very well run and they do diligent work through sorting and screening to get clean and quality beans for export. Testi always adheres to the very highest quality standards to prepare and deliver nothing but high quality beans.
As of 2018, Testi has launched a quality improvement project at each of the four washing stations that they operate. Their PCS (Premium Cherry Selection) Project fully controls all aspects of harvest and processing in order to ensure that the fantastic natural quality of the coffee is maintained at each step. They are also making the most of the market liberalisation to benefit the small producers that they work with. Social projects, such as building new classrooms for the local school near their Guji processing factory are also important, and with support from their importing partners (watch this space) they hope to do even more in the future. They also currently have a drinking/household water provisioning project underway in Guji, and they plan to extend this to other communities in the future.
The name ‘Testi’ means Happy or Happiness in Harrari language (it is also the name of Faysel’s middle son). Certainly Testi is bringing happiness to small scale producers and roasters alike!"