Origin Information

850 Smallholder farmers organized around Ranger Industry & Trading PLC | Wuri Coffee Station
Indigenous heirloom cultivars
Worka-Sakaro, Gedeb District, Gedeo Zone, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region, Ethiopia
October – January
2050 – 2100 meters
Fully washed and dried on raised beds

Background Details

Recent changes in the Ethiopian export rules have opened new opportunities to develop relationships with vertically integrated suppliers. Royal has seized on the opportunity to work directly with Ranger Industry & Trading, which owns and operates Wuri, one of the only private washing stations in Worka-Sakaro, located in the heart of the coveted Gedeb grow region. Wuri receives cherries from from more than 850 producers who cultivate coffee on just a few acres of land. Upon arrival, cherries are carefully hand sorted and floated to separate out less dense beans, then depulped, fermented for 48 hours, and washed and classified again in channels. The parchment is placed on raised beds where it is hand sorted again and dried over a period of 12 to 15 days. The parchment is also covered during the afternoons to prevent harsh drying in the intense sun. Ranger Industry also has its own dry mill, which allows for traceability all the way through to the final export stage. Earnings are used to fuel social impact in the communities where coffee is sourced. Ranger Industry has invested in more localized cherry collection sites to reduce the transportation cost for small producers. They have also contributed to road construction projects that make travel for everyone a bit easier. They are also responding to the local needs for investing in school infrastructure projects.