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Etiopía Limu

Washing Station

The Limu Union Cooperative is a state-run project, supporting the government of the Oromia region and helping a group of local farmers in the Limu area. Here, they have established their own washing station, where coffees from different coffee growers in the area are processed and separated into batches.
The number of employees during harvest time, both in the Cooperative and at the Washing Station, can reach up to 200 – 300 people, although throughout the year, the number remains at 20 permanent employees.


Cherries are selectively harvested, with only those at their ripest point being picked. Next, the Limu Union Washing Station rigorously pulps the coffees within 8 hours of receiving them, initiating the fermentation process, before allowing them to rest in clean water overnight for about 12-18 hours.
The next morning, the coffee is washed and undergoes another grading selection in concrete troughs. Following this, the drying period begins under shade. This period can last for up to 12 days.


Ethiopia is widely known as the birthplace of Arabica coffee. There are over 1.1 million small coffee farmers here, representing 95% of the national production. Varieties are collectively known as Ethiopia Heirloom or endemic varieties, comprising a myriad of local native Typica hybrids and new improved varieties based on the old strains. The two main cultivation areas are in the west and south of the country, with most coffees being organic by default.
Bashasha is a small town, or kebele, in Western Ethiopia, situated in the Agaro area. This region is recognized for producing some of the best-known cooperative coffees of the last decade, such as Duromina, Biftu Gudina, Yukro, and Hunda Oli.


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