Founded in 2019, Buku Abel is a washing station located in Guji. It sits at 1900 – 2100 masl, on a small hill with optimal sunlight exposure, cold winds, and rich, fertile, red soil. The station buys cherries from around 400 neighbouring farmers, who deliver their cherries at mid-day and sort them until the late afternoon.
These cherries have been harvested by hand, and selectively sorted to separate the ripened, red cherries. They are then packed tightly inside large plastic barrels where an airlock system prevents oxygen from entering. After 144 hours in barrels, the coffee is removed and laid out on 120 raised beds with the cherry still intact. It is dried slowly over the course of 2-3 weeks.
About this coffee
Cupping score: 87.75
Processing station: buku abel
Producer: 400 micro farmers
Altitude: 1900 – 2100 MASL
Variety: dega, wolisho
Processing: anaerobic natural
The Welicho variety is a typical coffee variety that is found in the highlands of Ethiopia. Amongst the thousands of unidentified Ethiopian varieties, Welicho has made a name for itself. Welicho is also known as Wolisho.
Fermentation is a chemical process whereby carbohydrates, such as sugars are broken down into alcohols or acids by microbial activities in the absence of oxygen. While fermentation is, by its nature, an anaerobic process, the term “anaerobic fermentation” refers specifically to fermentation that occurs in a custom-built, oxygen-free environment, such as a sealed container or tank.