Region: Hambela Wamena, Guji
Varietal: 74110 & 74112
Altitude: 2,000 - 2,350 MASL
Cupping Notes: Raspberry, Oolong Tea, Cran-Orange Scone
Recommended Roast: City to Full City
Good For: Auto Drip, Full Immersion, Espresso
Description: Buku is one of the highest-altitude coffee growing areas in Ethiopia, which creates optimal conditions for stellar cup quality. Like so many in the coffee industry, Esayas Beriso began his career in an unrelated field, working in a government office in Dimtu. During this time, he and his brothers began a small operation purchasing coffee cherries and selling them to local wet mills.
In 2009, he left his government job behind to become a full-time coffee business owner, purchasing a farm in Guji. His wife, Meskerem Tomas, manages the harvesting operations on Buku Abel, their nearly 40-hectare farm.
Coffee cherries are laid out in thin layers and dried on raised beds for approx 15-21 days depending on weather. During this time the coffee cherries are constantly turned throughout the day to ensure even drying and all under-ripe cherry is sorted out.