Origin Information

800 smallholder farmers organized around Mekuria Mergia | Konga Coffee Station
Indigenous heirloom cultivars
Konga, Yirgacheffe, Gedeb District, Gedeo Zone, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region, Ethiopia
October – January
1800 – 2000 meters
Fully washed and dried on raised beds

Background Details

Ethiopia Yirgacheffe 1 Konga GrainPro is sourced from more than 800 farmers living in Konga a village near the Yirgachefe District of the Gedeo Zone within the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples' Regional State, Ethiopia. Farmers deliver ripe cherries to the Konga coffee station which is owned and operated by Mekuria Mergia. Ripe cherries are carefully sorted and pulped. After pulping, the beans are fermented for 36 to 48 hours and then washed. The wet beans in parchment are placed on raised drying beds in thin layers and turned every 2 to 3 hours during the first few days of the drying process. Depending on weather, the beans are dried for 10 to 12 days until the moisture in the coffee beans is reduced to 11.5 percent. Then the beans are transported to Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, to be milled and bagged prior to export.