Ethiopia Guji Arsosala
Arsosala is a washing station founded in 2015 that currently serves about 1,200
smallholder producers in the Urga woreda of Guji.
According to the washing station manager, most of the coffee delivered to the
factory is Bourbon. While Typica and Bourbon are two varieties better-known in
Central and South America, the same terms are used colloquially in Ethiopia to
describe certain coffee-berry-disease-resistant cultivars. The Ethiopian "Bourbon"
and "Typica" varieties are typically genetically removed from the ones found
elsewhere around the world.
Coffees in Ethiopia are typically traceable to the washing station level, where
smallholder farmers, many of whom own less than 1/2 hectare of land, and as
little as 1/8 hectare on average, deliver cherry by weight to receive payment at a market rate. The coffee is sorted and processed into lots without retaining
information about whose coffee harvest is in which bag or which lot.