Our new Harrar Negesse Gololcha Q Microlot is sourced from the village of Mine Tucha within Ethiopia’s Gololcha district. Gololcha’s Tiret Coffee Producer’s Cooperative Association (TCPCA) produces and processes this microlot at the co-op’s local dry mill, named Samson Girma. Negesse, the brother of the TCPCA leader, Abebayehu, is the sole producer of this very limited offering.
“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 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 of the coffee trees is also an ongoing process to ensure the best yields and cup qualities. Farms range in size from about 2-3 acres.
Gololcha is part of the Arsi Zone, which is just one of many zones within the larger Oromia region. Arsi is home to Mount Chilalo, an extinct volcano and the highest peak in the region, resting at 4000m (or 13,000 ft) in elevation. It is also home to the Great Rift Valley, many lakes and about a dozen farming cooperatives. 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 Golocha as a whole.
|Processing:||Natural, Sun Dried|
|Altitude:||5,900 - 6,500 ft (1800 - 2000m)|
|Harvest:||Oct - Feb|