Guji is one of the zones of the Oromia Region of Ethiopia and is named after a tribe of the Oromo people. Guji is bordered on the south by Borena, on the west by the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Region, on the north by the Ganale Dorya River which separates it from Bale and on the east by the Somali Region. The highest point in the zone is Mount Dara Tiniro.
Like Yirgacheffe, coffees from the Guji area were previously categorised together with coffees from Sidamo (a very wide geographical classification encompassing much of central-south Ethiopia). However Guji coffees are quite distinct from either Yirgacheffe or Sidamo coffee. Located in the southern portion of Sidamo, the people of Guji have a long tradition of coffee cultivation. They are called the Oromo people and the hills and landscape allow for particular cultivars to develop in this region.
Soaring altitudes, and rich organic soils lend to a sparking and complex cup. Farmers here cultivate coffees at altitudes between 1900 and 2100 masl. As is the case across Ethiopia, much of the coffees grown locally are organic by default and consist mostly of naturally indigenous heirloom varieties.
We love Ethiopian coffees at Coffee Manufactory for the bright, crisp, and clean cups they provide. This Natural offering from the Guji is no different with notes of note of: Honey, dried black currant, ripe fruit. We are excited to partner with this young cooperative to help showcase their beautiful coffee as our featured seasonal African offering. We hope you enjoy this beautiful coffee as much as we do.