Our Ethiopia Uraga Wate Gogogu medium-light roast has a cupping flavor profile of citrus and floral attributes, with notes of mandarin orange, jasmine, and sweet mulberry.
Located in the beautiful, mountainous landscapes of the highlands of Guji, Uraga is considered one of the highest-elevation coffees, growing in areas of Ethiopia with an altitude of 2,310 meters. Uraga is located just east of the the Gedeb Woreda (district) of Yirgacheffe, over the Blue Mountain ridge. The coffee farmers in Gogogu have an average 3-5 hectares of coffee, and are considered "garden" farmers, which means most of their farms are located around their house, and generally are smaller than what would be considered an "estate" farm. This lot is comprised of deliveries from approximately 425 farmers who deliver to the Gogugu Washing Station, located in the Wate Gogugu Village of the Uraga woreda (district). The wet mill is owned and operated by SNAP Speciality Coffees.
Ripe, red coffee cherries are selectively picked in the morning and pulped in the afternoon. It is fully washed with approximately 24-48 hours of ferment time, which yields clarity of flavor and bright acidity. The coffee is then soaked for four hours before drying on raised beds. Negusse Debela has not been in the coffee industry for his whole career. He is known in Ethiopia as a computer guy, running a successful computer part import company. While coffee does not seem like a natural leap, he was inspired during a trip to Minnesota where he tasted a pour-over at a café that gave him an epiphany.
At that moment, Negusse realized the potential of coffee in his home country, and upon returning, he got right to work. He began by touring coffee processing sites throughout southern Ethiopia to understand farming and processing better. From that initial tour, he was determined to set his company, SNAP, on a course to be one of the highest quality exporters in Ethiopia.
He has since bought land for SNAP to process its own coffee, and SNAP has also started managing processing sites in Nensebo, Yirgacheffe, and Guji. In early 2019, SNAP finished the final touches on their own export dry mill, giving them full control of their product and quality.