74110, 74112 and Local Landraces
Goro Dimtu, Uraga, Guji
|Washing Station / Elevation
Go south, deep into the green hills of Ethiopia. Past Yirgacheffe. Past Sidama and into the red roads that draw you into the Guji Zone. Keep on going until you reach the densely forested, mountainous Uraga District where narrow dirt roadways are few and navigation is, well, shall we say, “challenging?” This is about as far south as coffee grows in Ethiopia, but it is more than worth the endless bouncing hours and challenging infrastructure.
The Uraga district offers up some of the highest elevations throughout Ethiopia, with coffees that are dense in structure, loaded with fruits and sweetness. These high elevations and dense cell structures mean slower ripening times, which translate to simply gorgeous coffees.
Many of the trees in this area are younger, having been introduced through the JARC (Jimma Agricultural Research Center) for particular cup quality in these microclimates. These varieties are identified by the numerical designations - 74110 and 74112. Other coffee varieties are numerous throughout these growing areas and are predominantly Ethipian heirloom varieties along with what are sometimes referred to as “Landrace,” a term for naturally adapted local varieties.
Coffee Review, June 2021
Overall Score: 95
"A uniquely composed washed Ethiopia cup: citrusy, herbaceous, chocolaty, exceptionally and complexly nuanced."