Ethiopia Tula Organic
Raspberry, Chocolate, Limeade
Roast Level // Medium Light (21 on the Roast Vision Scale)
Region // Tula Village, Bonga, Kibo, Kaffa
Farm // Tegu and Tula Coffee Farm
Cultivar // 74110, 74112, Bunawashi
Process // Organic Washed
Elevation // 1830–1890 masl
Importer // La Bodega
In 2007, Cafe Imports head of sourcing and CEO, Jason Long, cupped a coffee from a western region of Ethiopia not very well-known then for high-quality coffee, and it inspired him to venture outside of sourcing in Yirgacheffe, Sidama, and Harrar for the first time. The coffee turned out to be from a single farm, Tega & Tula Specialty Coffee Farm, established in the year 2000 by Ahadu Woubhset. Tega & Tula are actually two adjacent farms, named after the two nearby villages of Tega and Tula, found in the woreda, or district, of Gibo, in Kaffa, Ethiopia. The total farm area is 500 hectares in size, with nearly 400 hectares planted in coffee. The farm is certified organic and produces both Washed and Natural coffees, and it not only has a wonderful flavor profile but also full traceability down to the producer—and nowadays down to the "block," or subplot.
Ahadu is an entrepreneur who was a founding member of the executive team at the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange, who left the ECX and decided to invest in a farm himself in order to produce entirely specialty coffee. He found the perfect spot in the famous Kaffa Zone, which is considered the absolute birthplace of Arabica coffee, and decided to start up an operation that aimed to preserve the natural beauty of the area, support the local community, and of course produce fantastic coffees.
Today, Tega & Tula Coffee Farm is an anchor relationship for Cafe Imports, and every year the lots and the traceability get better. This particular block is called Dosha, and is a 46.38-hectare subplot located in the Tula farm. This block is where the farm's "Mother tree" is planted, the oldest tree on the land. It's from the area where the first place Arabica coffee was discovered in Kaffa. It's also owner Ahadu Woubshet's favorite block, with its tall canopy and beautiful lush landscape. It was planted in 2002–2003, and has 74110, 74112, and Bunawashi) coffee varieties. Both 74110 and 74112 were developed by the Jimma Agricultural Research Center in the 1970s, bred for their profile as well as fo their resistance to disease, pests, and drought. Bunawashi was released in the year 2006, after being selected by scientists in 1974 for its Coffee Berry Disease–resistance. It's called Bunawahshi from "buna," the Afan Oromia term for coffee, and "Washi," the place where it was selected.