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VILLAGE: Tobitu Tuta
FARMER: Neja Fadil
VARIETALS: Ethiopia Heirloom
ELEVATION: 1,900, 2,200 masl
PROCESSING: Fully washed
WE TASTE: Watermelon, Honeysuckle, Chocolate
“The Neja Fadil wet mill has registered about 250 farmers who are located in the villages surrounding the wet Mill (in Tobitu Tuta Kebele). This lot is unique, in that - even as part of the coffee powerhouse Guji region - only over the past few years have residents of Tobitu Tuta begun farming coffee. Mr. Neja Fedil is a recent arrival to coffee export, having built his washing station in 2017 after working for several years as a coffee collector on commission for other washing stations. As is becoming increasingly common at private washing stations in Ethiopia now, the station is currently expanding registration of farmer suppliers and launching agronomy trainings to expand quality control to the farm level.” (Crop to Cup)
Fun note, Neja was a professional soccer player before he got into the coffee business. When we were driving around the local villages with him all the people on the streets would start cheering, "Ne-ja, Ne-ja, Ne-ja"!
Neja's coffee this year is right on with last year's taste profile. So sweet, floral, and watermelony with a really nice sweet spice like cardamom that sets it apart!