Arsosala, EthiopiaRed Rabbit Coffee Co.
About the washing station
Arsosala is a washing station founded in 2015 that currently serves about 1,200 smallholder producers in the region of Guji.
Most of the coffee delivered to the factory is Bourbon: while Typica and Heirloom 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 “Heirloom” and “Typica” varieties are typically genetically removed from the ones found elsewhere around the world.
Cherries are picked ripe and dried on raised beds, taking anywhere from 8– 20 days, depending on the amount of sunshine available.
About the region
Uraga is one of the woredas in the Oromia Region of Ethiopia. Part of the Guji Zone, the largest town in Uraga is Solomo.
The coffee here 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 here.