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Guji Highland Coffee Plantation

Dambi Uddo Wadessa

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About this coffee

Wadessa coffee is harvested in the Dambi Uddo forest, characterised by an exceptional ecological diversity with many different tree species. The wadessa, after which this coffee is named, is a slow-growing tree that can reach up to 25 metres in height and offers a shade well-suited to coffee trees. The natural coffee produced here offers notes of peach, mango and sweet orange. By promoting this forest coffee, our teams hope to preserve the unique Dambi Uddo agroforestry model, in which coffee trees play an essential role.

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  • Origin

  • Zone

  • Woreda

    Odo Shakiso
  • Farm

    Dambi Uddo Wadessa
  • Exporter

    Guji Highland Coffee Plantation
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  • Drying

    Drying beds

  • Altitude

    2140 - 2160
  • Harvest period

    November - December
  • Type of harvest


The farm Dambi Uddo Wadessa

The Dambi Uddo forest is located a few tens of kilometres from the town of Shakisso, in the woreda (district) of Odo Shakisso, known for producing coffees with spicy notes. The forest is in the heart of the Guji appellation, but may also be linked to the type A Sidamo appellation. It is characterised by a rich biodiversity comprising about fifteen tree species, some of which are becoming rare in Ethiopia. The Guji Highland Coffee Plantation, which has fallen in love with the environment, began producing coffee there about ten years ago. In order to maintain the ecological diversity, the new plants were introduced beneath the dense tree canopy. Some come directly from the wild coffee trees in the Sadhe forest. A total of 150 hectares have been cultivated. The forest offers particularly fertile clay soils, a fertility that is further increased by Dambi Uddo’s agroforestry model. The vegetation ensures the presence of a constantly decomposing litter, which produces organic matter that nourishes the soil. The tree roots help contain the effects of erosion and prevent the soil from becoming dry by retaining water deep down. The trees also help to preserve the biodiversity. Coffee production plays a major role in this system and ensures its long-term future. For farmers, there are economic benefits, since they are able to diversify their sources of income. In addition to coffee, they can sell honey, ginger and even firewood collected from fallen trees. The Dambi Uddo farm is divided into 4 plots. The coffee produced by this farm is sourced from a 15-hectare plot named Wadessa, located at an altitude of about 2,150 metres. The wadessa is a leafy endemic tree that grows to about 20 meters in height. Its wood is much sought-after, particularly for furniture production, which means it is rarely found in Ethiopian forests. Its inclusion in a system like that at Dambi Uddo ensures its preservation.
  • Altitude

    2140 - 2160
  • Shady

    Forest coffee

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A few words about Guji Highland Coffee Plantation

Guji Highland Coffee Plantation is a family-run business, established in 2012 and managed by Wadessa Yachisa. Originally from Shakisso, he has been involved in coffee production for many years. In 1995, as a young man of 17, Wadessa Yachisa was forced to leave high school to join the army and do his military service. When he returned to his native region at the end of the 1990s, the political situation was unstable and he was unable to resume his studies.

However, he was able to bounce back with great energy and quickly embarked on other projects. He began by working in one of the gold mines in the Guji region. Accumulating some savings, he decided to invest in coffee, which seemed to be a promising sector in this area. In 1999 he set up his first company with some friends, which he ran for several years.

In 2010 he travelled to Dambi Uddo, in the Guji appellation. After meetings and discussions with the farmers, he decided to invest in this beautiful coffee forest. Guji Highland Coffee Plantation PLC was born. They now have 150 hectares of land devoted to coffee production. They also work with farmers, from whom they collect the cherries. They have several drying stations and recently installed a washing station at Dambi Uddo to prepare washed coffee. 

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