Ethiopia // Halo Hartume

Ethiopia // Halo Hartume

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Producer: Ato Mijane Worassu

Region: Yirgacheffeco

Process: Washed

Elevation: 2000-2200 masl

Variety: Mixed Heirloom

Roast Level: Light

Tasting Notes: Peach, Lemon, Jasmine


Notes from the Roaster

Ethiopia is estimated to have between 6000 to 10,000 coffee varieties, and the Gedeo Zone in southern Ethiopia is home to many of these. Because of the sheer quantity of coffee produced here, it was common practice for many years for coffees from many different producers to be blended together, making traceability a major issue. Ato Mijane Worassa and his son Daniel saw this issue and wanted to find a solution. The Mijane family has run washing stations in the Gedeb region of the Gedeo zone for decades, and one of their goals is to export traceable coffee from each kebele (the smallest administrative division in Ethiopia) in Gedeb separately.

It is for this reason that the washing station at Halo Hartume was opened, as this station serves hundreds of smallholders in the area that were too far from any other washing station to preserve the specific quality of the region. In addition the Mijanes work closely with the community of coffee farmers in the area and help them get training on the importance of local shade trees, organic compost, and proper selective handpicking - helping ensure that the flavors of Halo Hartume remain untouched and top notch.