This coffee comes from Sibu Coffee, where the staff has been working extensively with Guji farmers in various capacities for over 20 years. In fact the founders of Sibu Coffee were instrumental in establishing some of the first washing stations in the area (technically Borena Zone at the time) under the umbrella of the expansive Oromia Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union. To improve market access for their farmers, Sibu Coffee Exporter began operations in 2014, shipping primarily Guji coffees to importers and roasters around the world. Sibu Coffee operates multiple washing stations in Guji Zone, one of which is located in the kebele (village) of Guracho in the western Kercha district.
In addition to their commercial activities in and around Guracho kebele, Sibu Coffee is actively invested in community development projects. The Guracho Primary School is located just a kilometer from Sibu’s washing station and many of Sibu’s farmers have children in attendance. While visiting in early 2018 we saw the early stages of a renovation of the school’s main buildings, funded entirely by Sibu Coffee. Two visits later in November 2019 the school was transformed with new roofing, fresh plaster with paint and new chairs and tables. In early 2019 Sibu Coffee also financed two shipping containers of school supplies including notebooks, pencils and basic textbooks. What’s more, Sibu contributed funds to repair and expand a latrine for the school, including a separate fresh water supply for the community. This natural processed coffee is sun dried on raised beds and produces a full body cup. We feel this coffee produces more floral characteristics and typical Ethiopian fruit bomb but has a nice juicy mouth feel, like biting into a ripe white grape.