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Siko (washed) - Guji, Ethiopia

Siko (washed) - Guji, Ethiopia

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Producer: 
Negusse Debela - owner of SNAP Specialty Coffees - working with farmers in the Siko district.
Region: Siko (district), Guji (zone)
Elevation: 1,900 - 2,100 M.A.S.L.
Variety: Local Landraces, Dega Landrace, and 1974 JARC Selections
Harvest: December - January
Process: Washed

Overview
The Siko site is a new addition to the SNAP Specialty Coffees washing site portfolio as of the 2021-2022 harvest. The quality of the coffee and the good nature of the people in the area were major factors in choosing Siko. The people in this area (Siko and the broader Guji zone) are also well-versed in coffee processing, which helps immensely in producing top-quality lots.
History
Negusse Debela has not been in the coffee industry for his whole career. He is known in Ethiopia as a computer guy, running a successful computer part import company. While coffee does not seem like a natural leap, he was inspired during a trip to Minnesota where he tasted a pour-over at a café that gave him an epiphany.
At that moment, Negusse realized the potential of coffee in his home country, and upon returning, he got right to work. He began by touring coffee processing sites throughout southern Ethiopia to understand the farming and processing better. From that initial tour, he was determined to set his company SNAP on a course to be one of the highest quality exporters in Ethiopia.
He has since bought land for SNAP to process its own coffee, and SNAP has also started managing processing sites in Nensebo, Yirgacheffe, and Guji. In early 2019, SNAP finished the final touches on their own export dry mill, giving them full control of their product and quality.
 
Processing Info - Washed
The coffee cherries are placed in water for sorting, as the less dense cherries will float and the denser ones will sink. Eco-pulpers are used to remove the skin, resulting in parchment.

Next, mucilage is removed by keeping the parchment coffee in a fermentation tank for two to three days. The coffee is placed in a soaking tank for 12 hours, then placed on raised beds to dry for approximately two weeks.
The dried coffee is sorted once more to find any beans that may have been damaged in the process, and is then sent for dry processing. Finally, it is packaged and ready to sell.

Regional Info - Siko, Guji
Coffees from the southern zone of Guji, Ethiopia used to be classified and sold under the "Sidamo" umbrella. However, over the last decade, the region of Guji has been deservedly recognized as a separate producing area - becoming one of the most prized areas for coffee quality in the country.

The coffee trees in the Siko village are still young, and are nurtured through remarkable agroecology. The coffee is shade-grown under false banana trees, among other types of trees traditionally used for shading coffee.