ETHIOPIA GUJI G2 WASHED MORDECOFE
Hill Tree Roastery LLC
Discover amazing tropical fruit, cane sugar, and green tea notes with bright acidity, roasted as to a perfect light roast. This bean delivers a wonderful Ethiopian cup of coffee to your pallet.
Haile Gebre owns and operates two farms and a washing station under the Mordecofe name, which is short for ‘Mora Mora River Valley Development Coffee’. The farm is located in the Shakiso ‘woreda’ (administrative district) in Ethiopia's Guji zone about 200 miles from the Kenyan border. In total Haile and his family own roughly 500 hectares of land in Shakiso and have planted 420 hectares with semi-forest coffee. Haile is passionate about many things and cares deeply about the environment.
After a career in the Ethiopian government, Haile left his job and returned home to grow coffee on his family's land in the highland forests of Southern Ethiopia. Haile is passionate about growth on all levels. He believes that, to be successful, his local community in Shakiso, and his customers must also prosper.
Through Mordecofe, Haile and his family work with 300 small-holders to produce high quality, organic coffee. Mordecofe works with these producers to help them increase quality and to face the challenges of coffee farming. In particular he is concerned with the ecosystem, lack of farming education, and limited access to sustainability initiatives.
ABOUT THE GUJI REGION
The Guji zone was established as a unique production area in 2002. It is located in the Southern portion of Sidamo, and is named after the Oromo people; a tribe with a long, proud history in coffee production.
Coffees from Guji were previously classified as ‘Sidamo’ (a very wide geographical classification encompassing much of central-south Ethopia), however more recently they have been separated from this classification and recognised for their unique and distinctive cup profiles. This distinctiveness is driven by the unique combination of elements in this production area, including high altitudes, rich, fertile soil, and exceptional heirloom varieties.
Guji is bordered on the south and west by Borena, on the north by Gedeo and Sidama, and on the east by Bale and the Somali Region. Coffees that are classified as ‘Gujis’, originate from the ‘woreda’ (administrative regions) of Adoola Redi, Uraga, Kercha, Bule Hora, and Shakiso, which is where this lot is from.
Most communities in the region still live rurally and make a living from farming. Coffee remains the main cash crop for most families in the Guji region, who grow coffee alongside food for consumption, and other cash crops such as the Ethiopian banana.