Varieties in Ethiopia can be classified into two main groups: JARC varieties or regional and local heirloom varieties.
Landraces are plant varieties that have evolved over generations of selective breeding to be better suited to their local conditions. There are at least 130 landrace or regional heirloom varieties widely grown in Ethiopia, and the genetic diversity of landrace coffee plants means that we find flavor diversity even between (or within) farms with different growing and processing conditions. similar.
In contrast, JARC varieties are those that have been developed by the Jimma Agricultural Research Center to be drought and disease resistant and to be well adapted to the Ethiopian climate and soil. Founded in 1967, JARC is responsible for the development of many varieties that flourish across Ethiopia today and also provides agricultural training to help farmers learn the best cultivation methods for these new varieties.
This batch of coffee from organic practices and natural process is produced by a group of small producers living and farming in Daanisa, in the Shakiso district of Guji. Farmers grow coffee under shade from native trees and varieties are selected from a combination of local heirloom varieties and JARC varieties resistant to coffee berry disease (CBD), a common problem in the region.
We purchased this coffee with the help of our importing partners at Sucafina Specialty Coffee and are completely in love with its fruit and honey flavors.
PRODUCER: Several small producers
REGION: Shakiso, Guji
VARIETY: JARC, Old varieties
IN THE CUP
Apricot, limoncello, honey