Beloved Sakicha, coming to you through our friends Tariku and Tim!
Sakicha is a community in Kercha, Guji Uraga, Ethiopia that is famous for high elevation and bright, crisp natural-processed coffees. This coffee takes its name from this beautiful place, thanks to Tariku Edema.
Two generations ago, the Edema family set up the first processing sites in Kercha and Uraga districts in Guji. They have devoted themselves to helping the 600 farmers in this area improve their growing and harvesting practices, and the results speak for themselves. The new (third) generation of Edema coffee professionals now operates over 20 processing sites throughout Guji today.
In March, Tariku Edema, one of 29 brothers who is in charge of farm and processing operations, reached out to Cooperative on Instagram offering to send some of their washed and natural coffees to Asheville for us to sample. They were delicious! We knew we wanted to buy coffee from Tariku, but what importer could help us bring them across the ocean?
After we sampled Tariku’s coffees, Matt reached out to his friend Tim Hill at Atlantic Specialty Coffee, an importer through whom we source Ethiopian coffees frequently. Tim had traveled to Ethiopia a few months prior. By coincidence, Tim had met with Tariku in Guji and decided to purchase one of his lots of coffee. Tim challenged Matt to guess which one, and after blind-sampling each of Tariku’s coffees again, Matt’s favorite matched perfectly with Tim’s. The coffee that shined the brightest on our cupping table was the same coffee that Tim had fallen in love with.
That, my friends, is the Sakicha we are offering to you today. We have spent years dreaming of traveling to Ethiopia to source coffee, but in our current paradigm that’s impossible. We are grateful to Tariku for making the connection with us personally, and to Tim for helping us bring this beloved coffee here.