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Origin Information

Grower
800 smallholder farmers organized around Mekuria Mergia | Konga Washing Station
Variety
Indigenous heirloom cultivars
Region
Konga, Yirgacheffe, Gedeb District, Gedeo Zone, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region, Ethiopia
Harvest
October – January
Altitude
1800 – 2000 meters
Soil
Vertisol
Process
Fully washed and dried on raised beds
Certifications

Background Details

Ethiopia Yirgacheffe 1 Washed Konga 30kg 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 mill (washing 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.