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Okolu Natural Sundried

East Guji, Ethiopia

Blueberry Blood Orange Milk Chocolate

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Light Roast

This exceptional natural sundried coffee comes from 35 producers in the small village of Okolu in East Guji, Ethiopia. Since 2018, Dambi Udo Agro Industry, a family-owned coffee business, has worked closely with producers in the region to improve quality through meticulously sorting, drying, and centralized processing of coffee. We hope you enjoy this coffee’s intrinsic flavors of blueberry, blood orange, and milk chocolate.

USDA Organic KSA Kosher

Varieties

Dominantly 74110 & 74112

Process

Natural Sundried

Elevation

2000 - 2178 meters

Availability

Through early-September 2021

Story

In 2017, after spending several years in mining and local coffee supplying businesses, Ture Waji, Egata Alata, and Fedhesa Wedesa decided to partner and establish a coffee production, processing, and export business. Dambi Udo Agro Industry PLC is named after the name of one of the major coffee growing villages in Odo Shakiso county. The company was registered to operate in Suke Quto village of Odo Shakiso county in Eastern Guji Zone. 

The first operation of the company was started in 2018 through the establishment of a natural coffee processing site and dry coffee milling machine in Suke Quto village. Besides these facilities, the company has already established a total of 80 hectares of coffee farm in Dambi Udo village in a specific area called Okolu. As in years past, Dambi Udo Agro Industry prepared the Okolu lot from coffee cherries supplied by 35 outgrower coffee farmers from Okolu sub-village in Dambi Udo. In general, there are a total of 221 smallholder coffee farmers from four villages (Dambi Udo, Hangadhi, Suke Quto and Sawana) who are registered as outgrowers to supply red coffee cherries to Dambi Udo Agro Industry. All of the villages are characterized majorly (90%) by having semi forest coffee production systems. 

Farmers grow both Guji local landrace and improved coffee varieties, including 74110 and 74112. The company also supports farmers through the provision of seeds and seedlings of these improved coffee varieties if there are new plantations and replacement of old coffee trees. 

Okolu is a sub-village (Garee) within Dambi Udo Village (Ganda) where smallholder coffee farmers register as outgrowers to work with Dambi Udo Agro Industry. Farmers from Okolu village deliver hand-picked coffee cherries directly from their respective farms to the dry coffee processing site in Suke Quto village. Coffee from Okolu is processed separately to develop a naturally processed unique and superior quality profile lot. Under ripe, overripe, and insect/pest damaged coffee cherries are sorted out by hand. Then, only well-ripened red cherries remain on a raised bed (usually called African raised bed) for further drying under the sun for 18-21 days. To maintain uniform drying among beans, the coffee is turned around on the bed manually six times per day. The cherry is then covered with nylon mesh and plastic during the night time. Starting the 15th day, the trend of bean moisture loss is monitored to pull the dried cherry off the bed if the coffee bean attains a moisture level between 9.5% and 10.5%. This natural coffee processing technique plus the complex interactions among soil, rainfall distribution, temperature, shade, genetic make of the varieties, and post harvest handling factors play the greatest role to create the blueberry, blood orange, and milk chocolate flavor notes.

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