Buku Sayisa Natural | Guji, Ethiopia

Notes of Strawberry, blueberry, caramel & pineapple fruit punch. Lively and balanced for a natural process. Juicy, sweet and tropical. 

Community: Buku Sayisa Village
Processor: Esayas Beriso
Growers: 430 small holder farmers
Process & Variety: Natural Dry Process Wolisho Dega
Region: Baku, Guji
Altitude: 2000 - 2350 masl
Sourcer/Importer: Shared Source

Additional info from Shared Source:

Sun-dried Wolisho Dega heirloom varietals, dried by Esayas Beriso, from Buku, a district of Hambela Wamena in the broader Guji zone. Grown from 2000 to an astounding 2350 meters above sea level.

This fine Guji coffee comes from Esayas Beriso, who manages the Buku Sayisa station. Leading a family dependent upon coffee as well, Esayas oversaw cherry picking and careful drying on raised African beds. The farm is around 30 hectares, ranging in altitude between a staggering 2,000 and 2,350 masl (important because altitude contributes to complexity of acidity and sweetness levels). Buku is one of the highest elevation coffee growing areas in Ethiopia, and the farm plots are scattered through the region. Farmers in the surrounding area transport the red cherries by horse, because the topography is uneven. This lot includes coffee from Esayas and his family, as well as cherries delivered by neighbors to his small buying station.

We partnered with SNAP in Addis Ababa to purchase this coffee, and the story of SNAP Coffee is an interesting one, beginning only in 2018. We’re told that SNAP’s owner (computer importer Negusse Debela) ordered a pourover of Ethiopian coffee while on a trip to Minnesota, and had a coffee epiphany, realizing the delight and potential in what he had long taken for granted. On his return home, he set off on a mission to become Ethiopia’s best coffee exporter. Negusse hired the now-legendary coffee professional Abenezer Asfaw to run his supply chain and sales. SNAP now operates 4 washing stations, and partners with numerous others, including Esayas Beriso.

Pricing Transparency: In the 2020 buying season, Ethiopian government authorities set minimum coffee sales prices by region, coffee grade and seller type. The minimum pricing stipulated by the authorities for the grades and type we buy fluctuated between $3.10 and $4.20 a pound (FOB Djibouti) during the buying season. We’re stoked that Ethiopia has managed to command such a premium above commodity coffee prices (roughly a 1/4 to a 1/3 of the above prices). With this very safe “fairness” price floor in place, we do not disclose our prices in Ethiopia since, above these minimums stipulated; pricing is basically set by the seller.