As ripe coffee cherries from Okolu dry slowly in the sun and breeze, their fruit and floral complexity intensifies as it’s preserved within the coffees’ seed. This exceptional natural sundried coffee comes from 45 small producers in the village of Okolu in East Guji, Ethiopia. Dambi Uddo Agro Industry, a family-owned coffee business, works closely with the producers, implementing meticulous sorting and drying protocols to produce stunning coffee. Okolu shines with bright blood orange acidity balanced by juicy strawberry-like sweetness and an intricate wildflower finish.
In 2017, Ture Waji and his colleagues Egata Alata, and Fedhesa Wedesa created a coffee production, processing, and export business called Dambi Uddo Agro Industry PLC, named after one of the major coffee growing kebeles (towns) in Odo Shakiso county. The company launched the very next year with the establishment of a natural coffee processing site with a dry milling machine in Suke Quto village. Soon after, the company established an 80 hectare coffee farm in Dambi Uddo. The company began by working with their own coffees and purchasing ripe cherries from “outgrowers” in the surrounding areas. This coffee comes from one of their outgrower groups: 45 coffee farmers from Okolu village, a small subsection of Dambi Uddo kebele. We began working together in 2019, and have focused on purchasing from this group because of the distinct florality we find in the cup.