Every year, more and more coffees sourced from the Guji zone have captured the attention of coffee experts and at Royal we have come to expect spectacular coffees from Guji even before we cup them. This Ethiopia Guji 1 Natural is a prime example of another stellar Guji. It was sourced from 650 small farms in Bule Hora, a county within the Guji Zone, Oromia Region, Ethiopia. Farmers deliver ripe cherries to the Bule Hora Washing Station, which is owned and operated by Alemu Bukato. Ripe cherries are carefully sorted and then placed on raised drying beds in thin layers for 15 to 20 days and turned regularly to avoid over-fermentation and mold. Raised beds are carefully constructed to ensure proper air circulation and temperature control, for optimal drying. The cherries are covered during the afternoons to prevent harsh drying in the intense sun. Once the cherries are slowly is dried to 11 percent moisture, they are transported to Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, to be milled and prepared for export.