- The Gigesa Washing Station
- Shakiso, Guji Zone
- 1,900 masl
The Gigesa washing station is located in the south of Ethiopia, near the Yabelo Wildlife Sanctuary about an afternoon’s drive to the border with Kenya. The mill is owned by Faysel Abdosh, but the coffee itself is grown by over 850 small-holder farmers. The producers of this coffee took their harvest, in cherry, to the market in the town of Shakiso, where Faysel purchased the lots.
A coffee market is a busy place, where representatives from the co-ops and private washing stations offer to buy the producer’s crop. A radio is usually playing, broadcasting the results of the coffee auctions happening in the capital, Addis Ababa. These prices give the producer an idea of how much their coffee is worth after it has been processed and sold for export. The producer then walks the market taking offers from the buyers looking for the best rate. This system is relatively new in Ethiopia and offers the producer insight into the global market for coffee so they have the knowledge to find a fair price for their crop.
Espresso: 1:2 dose to yield, brewed in 28 - 36 sec.
Filter: 0.07:1 dose to yield, extracted in 3 – 4 min.
Roast days are Tuesdays and Fridays. All orders placed by midnight the day before will be sent out first-class on the roast day.