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Finally some new crop Ethiopia from Telila washing station. We were waiting for this one for a long time. The season for Ethiopia isn’t as good as we hoped for, with drought in the coffee growing areas as well as the civil war in the North. Luckily Osito hooked us up with this Genji Challa, giving us some floral notes of peach, raspberries and black tea. Not bad at all!

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Telila CWS is owned and run by Mike Mamo, partner in Osito Coffee. The washing station was purchased in 2019 and in 2019/2020 the first harvest was put into operation. With a real focus on quality control and experimentation, we are excited to be working with Mike and his team at Telila. Not only are they producing high quality washed lots, but also honey process, natural and anaerobic natural processed coffees.

In that pursuit of improving quality, Telila is innovating in many exciting ways. For instance, where most washing stations build lots exclusively on the process used and the location the cherries were delivered to, Telila goes a step further and separates lots based on the day the coffee cherries were delivered. Mike and the team also store all their parchment in hermetically sealed bags – a first for Ethiopia.

Most of the cherry being delivered are one of two varieties; Gibirinna 74110 and Serto 74112. Both of these are from the Metu Bishari selections made in the forest of the same name in the Illubabor Zone by the Jimma Agricultural Research Center (JARC) in 1974. They were selected for their resistance to Coffee Berry Disease (CBD {no, not THAT CBD…}). Now, they are some of the most propagated varieties in Ethiopia.

The Washing Station itself is located in Kecho Anderacha, Gera in the region of Jimma. The station is located at around 2000 masl, where lots of dried for around. A donation of 0.10$/lb will be made for every lb Osito Coffee purchases from Telila to the Kacho Tulla Primary School in the village of Kecho Anderacha.