Laayyoo Natural - LIMITED ROAST

Regular price $20.00

ETHIOPIA NATURAL

TASTING: Blueberry & sangria, tropical
WASHING STATION: Raro Nensebo 
ORIGIN: Uraga, Guji, Oromia
VARIETIES: Ethiopian Heirlooms (74110 & 74112)
ELEVATION: 2,100 - 2,350 masl
PROCESS: Natural/Sun-dried
HARVEST: Spring 2020


Net wt. 10oz (285g)

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It's unusual for us to offer two naturally-processed Ethiopian coffees at the same time! We've been thrilled with the quality of our Tigesit Waqa Natural and we weren't even actively looking for another, but this one really stood out on the cupping table with big sweetness, heavy body, and clean (no funk) profile. We are tasting all sorts of tropical fruits along with the hallmark winey blueberry note so that overall it reminds us of sangria. It isn't quite as floral as Tigesit Waqa is.

As we do with Tigesit Waqa, we highly recommend giving this coffee a try, no matter which brew method you usually use. 

From our importer:

"The Laayyoo Natural is produced at the Raro Nensebo washing station in Uraga, Guji, which falls under the Oromia Region of Ethiopia. This area is oftentimes mistakenly known as Sidamo Guji, but instead should be known only as Guji or West-Guji on its own. The farmers that deliver cherry to this washing station come from the ‘kebele’ or
village known as Teraga, and their farms sit at an elevation of between 2,100 and 2,350 m.a.s.l. These producers generally grow and this lot is primarily comprised of the 74110 and 74112 varieties, which are local varieties selected for their production and disease resistance. The word Laayyoo refers to an indigenous tree growing in this area, used for shade on coffee plantations. Its deep roots allow for the falling leaves to offer rich, nutrient dense compost, acting also as a fertilizer.


This coffee was processed by Sookoo Coffee, which is run by Ture Waji, also known as “The King of Guji”! While this particular lot comes from Uraga, Ture and his company Sookoo Coffee also have another washing station in Shakiso. Both “washing” stations currently only produce natural coffees, but washed coffees are in the plans for
upcoming harvests. Ture has strong connections to the land, its community and farmers, as he grew up in the region. After studying, he started as an export and farm manager at his cousin’s farm and company Mormora, and then later at Guji Highlands Coffee. Thanks to the trade and coffee liberalization in Ethiopia, he was able to start Sookoo Coffee (formerly known as Dambi Uddo), building his first washing station and exporting his first coffee under his own brand in 2018.

Ture produced multiple lots this season, across both washing stations and while all of them were delicious, Laayyoo really stood out for its complexity, cleanliness and dynamic fruit-forward character. Between The Coffee Quest US and The Coffee Quest Europe, we were able to buy the entire lot, splitting it between both warehouses.

Between harvests, Ture and his team educate farmers on good agricultural practices, in order to help improve the quality of their cherry. His company also provides pre-harvest loans to farmers who need it, for example to pay for hired labor to do maintenance on the farm, such as weeding and planting. The washing stations employ a ‘woman-first’ policy and the company has built a school for the children. Roads have also been built to improve the infrastructure; if you have been to Ethiopia before, you know how much this is needed!

We met with Ture on our very first trip to Ethiopia, literally 30 minutes after landing, in a hotel lobby near the airport. During the meeting, he explained to us a bit about his company and most importantly his values and his mission to carry them out: Quality, Traceability, and Sustainability. Although the meeting was brief, we were able to solidify the relationship, by chance, on the very last day of trip, where we also had the opportunity to taste his coffees for the first time. In the end, we decided to work with Ture, not only because his coffees are delicious, but because of the exciting projects he has in the works. Some of these projects include producing washed coffees at his current washing stations, as well as a collaboration with another friend of ours, Mike Mamo of Addis Exporter, whereby they will produce coffees at a new washing station in Uraga called Greenspring (which is named after a road in Baltimore, near where both Mike and Stephen grew up). This is our first year working with Ture, but needless to say, we are thrilled for the upcoming harvest!

Sookoo Coffee paid an average of 29 ETB/kg of cherry, which is a very competitive rate for cherry. This year, due to lower yields, many washing stations who weren’t willing to pay higher, did not receive coffee."

 PREORDER ─ This coffee will roast and ship on 10/22. ─  PREORDER ─

Roasting and Shipping Schedule:

Coffee is roasted on Thursdays. If you order anytime up until 12pm (noon) Wednesday, we will roast and ship the next day. Orders received after 12pm (noon) Wednesday may not get roasted until the following week. If we have extra inventory, we will ship ASAP. Email us at shippingwoes (at) vibrantcoffeeroasters.com if you have questions about when your order will be roasted and/or shipped.