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Ethiopia Chuchu


Producer: Chuchu Cooperative
District: Guji
MASL: 1650-1800
Process: Washed
Varietal: Heirloom
Roasting Profile: Filter, Aeropress, French Press

Chuchu is an excellent example of a washed processed coffee from the Sidama region of Ethiopia. Bringing a lot of jasmine in the aroma, this coffee is very floral with sweet peach and green tea in the aftertaste.   

Ripe cherries are delivered to the Chuchu mill in the Guji district of Sidama. Here they are graded, sorted, de-pulped and fermented underwater for 36 to 48 hours. Parchment is sorted through washing channels and dried on African raised drying beds where it is dried for up to 2 weeks.

This coffee was purchased through the ECX (Ethiopian Commodity Exchange) system. The ECX was established in 2008 by the Ethiopian government to help growers achieve market access and stabilize price fluctuations. Most coffee in Ethiopia is sold through the ECX by law, with the exception of some larger estates and cooperatives.

While the system does help provide industry standards for the sector, it can make it difficult to source traceable and higher quality coffees such as Chuchu. However, in March 2017 the ECX voted to allow direct sales from individual washing stations. This will help with both traceability and access to quality, so keep a close eye on Ethiopia and what they’ve got coming up!