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Producer: Eshetu Mergiya Teklegiorgi
Region: Nansebo, West Arsi
Elevation: 1,750 - 2,200m
Sourced Through: Cup of Excellence & Upstream Imports
COE: 6th Place - 89.21 Points
Grown by Eshetu Mergiya Teklegiorgis in West Arsi. Eshetu started farming in 1990 and harvests 80-100 quintals of red cherry annually from 4.5 hectares, which he processes using the dry/natural method on his drying station.
Eshetu's coffee was only sold locally up until 1 year ago when he started selling through the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange. This partnership allowed him to access high value international markets and expand his operations.
For 20 years, the Cup of Excellence (COE) competition has pioneered integrity and transparency in the coffee industry. The level of scrutiny that COE coffees undergo is unmatched anywhere in the industry. During Eshetu's time with the COE, his coffee scored 89.21 for sixth place.
Not only does the COE promote and advertise farmers such as Eshetu. The COE also has significant economic implications on the farmers involved. In this particular circumstance, Eshetu's coffee sold for around 16 times the international coffee market price.