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Origin Information

Grower
850 coffee farmers organized around Ranger Industry & Trading PLC | Wuri Coffee Station
Variety
Indigenous heirloom cultivars
Region
Worka-Sakaro, Gedeb District, Gedeo Zone, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region, Ethiopia
Harvest
October – January
Altitude
2050 – 2100 meters
Soil
Vertisol
Process
Full natural and dried on raised beds
Certifications

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 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 and damaged beans. Then the cherries are placed on raised beds and dried over a period of 18 to 21 days. The cherries are 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.