1567 producers organized around Wuri processing station
2050 – 2100 masl
Indigenous landraces and cultivars
Worka-Sakaro kebele, Gedeb District, Gedeo Zone, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region, Ethiopia
Fully washed and dried on raised beds, and milled to zero defects
October – January
A Royal Coffee exclusive, we’re so proud to offer a new category of washed Ethiopian coffee: Grade Zero. First launched in 2021, after several years of trial and error, “Grade Zero” is a custom dry-milling specification born from a collaboration between Royal Coffee and Wuri s milling and exporting partner, BNT Industry & Trading PLC.
The concept of the Grade Zero initiative is to design a near-perfect rendition of top micro-lots from southern Ethiopia, presenting a better-than-Grade-1 result, hence the Grade “Zero”. Once dried and rested, the parchment coffee is treated to extra sorting steps at the dry mill, including additional passes through the optical sorting machine and slower, more meticulous hand-sorting by the mill’s highly skilled team. These extra steps produce an exceptionally clean coffee.
Royal started this program with a single washing station in Gedeb, and small volumes—only about 100 bags. These experimental microlots from a few years ago have grown into a steady, annual grade that we pay a premium for, and whose audience is rapidly growing.
This lot is a full container of 30 kg vacuum-packed boxes.
The Wuri washing station is an independent processing whose name in the Gedeo language translates to “high altitude”. The Worka-Sakaro area is part of the Gedeb district located in Gedeo zone. Gedeo itself, though a large and complex producing region for coffee, is often commercially referred to as “Yirgacheffe,” after the Yirga Chefe district whose famed coffee terroir brought notoriety to the entire zone. The Wuri station was originally constructed in 2012 and employs a processing staff of about 250 during harvest months. In addition to traditional fully washed coffees, the station also produces sun-dried naturals.