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Chiri Washing Station is privately owned by Kenan Asefa. Coffee is purchased from 650 local families, each cultivating small plots of land in Hora Ela, Sidamo in Ethiopia’s Southern Oromia State.
Seven different varieties are cultivated in the region, four of them are improved varieties released by JARC (Jimma Agricultural Research Centre) Angafa, Faye, Koti and Odicha. The other three are local landrace varieties, Dega, Karma and Wolisho which have diverged genetically over time to adapt to the environment. There’s very little documented history on the landraces and it is hard to know if they represent single varieties or a broader group of varieties, however it is widely accepted that they play a major role in the quality of the coffee from this region, with a distinctive floral and citric cup profile.
Chiri is classified as a grade one lot- the highest in the Ethiopian grading system- and is indicative of the effort that has been put into cherry selection, processing and grading of this lot. Chiri is floral with oolong tea and guava in the cup.