Uraga is a woreda in the Guji zone, where coffee is grown on very small farms (less than 1/2 hectare each on average) alongside corn, barley, beans, and wheat. Both Washed and Natural coffees are produced at the Uraga washing station.
According to the washing station manager, most of the coffee delivered to the factory is Bourbon: While Bourbon is a variety better-known in Central and South America, the same term is used colloquially in Ethiopia to describe certain coffee-berry-disease-resistant cultivars. The Ethiopian "Bourbon" is typically genetically removed from the ones found elsewhere around the world.
Coffees in Ethiopia are typically grown on very small plots of land by farmers who also grow other crops. The majority of smallholders will deliver their coffee in cherry to a nearby washing station or central processing unit, where their coffee will be sorted, weighed, and paid for or given a receipt. Coffee is then processed, usually washed or natural, by the washing station and dried on raised beds.
The washing stations serve as many as several hundred to sometimes a thousand or more producers, who deliver cherry throughout the harvest season: The blending of these cherries into day lots makes it virtually impossible under normal circumstances to know precisely whose coffee winds up in which bags on what day, making traceability to the producer difficult. We do, however, make every available effort to source coffee from the same washing stations every year, through our export partners and their connections with mills and washing stations.
Typically farmers in this region don't have access to and therefore do not utilize fertilizers or pesticides in the production of coffee.
Grind size is important and varies from grinder to grinder. Below we suggest a rating from 1 to 10. 1 = extremely fine, too fine. 10 = very coarse, too coarse.
Pour-Over with Filter (V60/Chemex)
Coffee Grind 6-7
We use 15 grams of coffee with 250 grams of 95 degree water.
Wet the filter with hot water and discard the water.
Pour 40 grams of water onto the coffee to bloom and give the brewer a gentle swirl, wait 30 seconds
Add another 40 grams of water and give it another gentle swirl, wait 30
Slowly add 85 grams more water and give another gentle swirl
Finally slowly add the remainder water and give a final gentle swirl
The water should filter through and have a flat base of coffee with only
fines stuck to the upper filter wall.
Aeropress (non inverted)
Coffee Grind 5-6
We use 15 grams of coffee with 200 grams of 95 degree water.
Add the coffee to the AeroPress, then pour all the water to the AeroPress and give it a quick swirl with a spoon.
Put the AeroPress plunger into the top of the AeroPress about 1 cm and then pull back slightly to create a vacuum.
Let the coffee steep for 1:30.
Slowly plunge the AeroPress for 30 seconds ending at a total brew time of 2 minutes.
Coffee Grind 3-4
Depending on the size of the Moka pot will dictate how much coffee to use.
Boil some water in a kettle and warm your element to medium low.
Fill the Moka water chamber to just below the steam spout with your
boiled water, make sure not to cover it.
Place the coffee in the basket and level it off, do not pack it down.
Place the basket in the Moka pot and screw the lid on.
Place the Moka pot on the element and open the lid of the Moka pot.
Let the coffee brew and it will rise to the upper chamber and make a
hissing sound when it is done.
Remove it from the element, close the lid and serve.
Coffee Grind 8-9
We use 75 grams per litre (depending on the size of your French Press).
Put the coffee on the French Press.
Pour the required amount of 95 degree water and let it steep for 4
Use a spoon to break the crust and let the coffee fall to the bottom of
Put the French press lid on and only plunge to the top of the water.
Let the coffee steep for another 5 minutes.
Push down the plunger ¾ of the way, never touching the coffee bed on
Pour your coffee.
Coffee Grind 2-3
Depending on your basket size will depend on the amount of coffee to use.
We use 18 grams of coffee to yield about 36 grams of coffee.
Your brew should take between 27-33 seconds to pour according to your taste preference. The longer amount of time the more extracted and possibly bitter it could be. The shorter amount of time could result in under-extracted, lighter body and possibly sour tasting coffee.