700 coffee producers organized around Tadesse Mengistu
Indigenous heirloom cultivars
Kercha, Guji Zone, Oromia Region, Ethiopia
October – January
1600 – 2000 meters
Full natural and dried on raised beds
Ethiopia Guji 3 Natural Kercha GrainPro is sourced from 700 family-owned farms organized around Tadesse Mengistu, at his coffee mill located in the town of Kercha within the Guji Zone of the Oromia Region, Ethiopia. Coffee producers deliver their ripe cherries to the Tadesse’s coffee mill station where the cherries are sorted an immediately placed on raised beds and dried over a period of 15 to 20 days. The raised drying beds are carefully constructed to ensure proper air circulation and temperature control for an optimal drying process. Cherries are also turned regularly on the beds to prevent damage during the drying process. The cherries are stored in a local warehouse after the moisture is reduced to between 11.5 and 12 percent. Then the beans are transported to Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, to be milled and bagged prior to export.