Ethiopia Wolichu Wachu


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Wolichu Wachu is a relatively newer washing station, established in 2017 near the town of Haro Wachu, located in the Guji zone. The washing station serves about 4500 smallholder producers with an average holding of half a hectare. Unusual amidst the many different heirloom varieties being grown in Ethiopia, almost 90% of the cherry delivered to Wolichu Wachu is of the Bourbon variety.

The washing station produces washed and natural processed coffees, and has been designed to limit water wastage and maximize efficiency while maintaining quality. Coffee cherries are sorted through screening and floating, then soaked in tanks with spring water. The coffee is once again sorted by density, with certain lot selections undergoing a longer soaking period of 8-12 hours.

Drying is also completed at the station, with pre-drying taking place once the coffee exits the tanks, at which point the coffee is turned and dried on raised beds for approximately 12 days.

We’re excited to have a washed offering from Ethiopia back on our menu - these are coffees for coffee lovers, with complex flavors that we’d be hard pressed to find from any other origin. In brewing the Wolichu Wachu, we find aromas of jasmine (like the white jasmine that grows all around Santa Barbara), sweet citrus like Cara Cara orange, and a silky tactile experience as both an espresso and a filter coffee. If we sit with the coffee for long enough, we also notice flavors like peach rings and green tea.

Country / Ethiopia

Producer / Various smallholder producers

LocationHaro Wachu, Guji

Process / Washed

Variety / Heirloom varieties

Altitude / 2100 masl

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