March Single Origin of the Month: Ethiopia Uraga Tome
March 4, 2019
Region: Uraga, Guji
Varietal: Mixed Heirloom
Processing Method: Natural
Tasting Notes: Peach, lime, raspberry coulis, orange blossom.
Nestled between Shakiso and Hambela, Uraga has increasingly gained a reputation for some of the most distinct coffees of Ethiopia.
A native of Guji, Tadesse Edema is a pioneer among producers in Uraga and was one of the ﬁrst to build a washing station in the region. Seven years ago, he established his second washing station, Tome, on the other side of the ridge, facing the river that divides Hambela from Uraga. Tadesse is a community leader and has built schools and roads in the region for the local people. In addition to washing stations, he owns two farms – one in Shakiso and another in Anasora.
During the ten years of ECX (Ethiopian Commodity Exchange) restriction, Tadesse had little choice but to deliver his coffee to the regional warehouse where traceability was obscured. New regulations now allow transparency through the supply chain, and Tadesse can ﬁnd new markets for this amazing coffee!