About 23 small farm holders from the Gololcha district cooperatively produce our Harrar Gololcha Q Sun-Dried. This is a natural processed coffee that comes to you from Gololcha’s Tiret Coffee Producer’s Cooperative Association (TCPCA) and is processed at their Samson Girma Dry Mill.
“Tiret” literally means ‘best effort’ or ‘hard struggle’. The co-op community which is centered in the village (or “kebele”) of Chancho has the incredible benefit of a nearby natural spring from which to draw clean and reliable drinking water. Under the guidance of the co-op and community leader, Abebayehu, and as part of an overall sustainable farming program, recycled pulp from the mill is used as compost for local coffee trees. Pruning and stumping of the coffee trees is also an ongoing process to ensure the best yields and cup qualities. Member farms range in size from about 2 – 3 acres.
Chancho is the main administrative hub of the Gololcha woreda, which is part of the Arsi Zone, home to the Great Rift Valley, Mount Chilalo and about a dozen farming cooperatives. Within the Arsi Zone, Gololcha is bordered by the woredas of Amigna, Chole and Aseko, which are all part of the much larger Oromia region. According to governmental surveys only about 20% of the land in Gololcha is readily farmable. Coffee production remains an important part of industry in Gololcha as a whole.
|Processing:||Natural, Sun Dried|
|Altitude:||6,000 - 6,800 ft (1,850 - 2,100m)|
|Harvest:||Oct - Feb|