The drying station, managed by DW company, is located in the village of Buku, at 400 km in the south of Addis Ababa. Established in an altitude of 2000 m, this place is composed by a dense vegetation with a mix of various trees, coffee trees and ensets. The enset, commonly known as false banana, is a typical tree of southern Ethiopia. Its root, collected, dired and pounded is then turned into flour. It is the basis of the local food. The nutritional value of enset is recognized since long time by people of southern Ethiopia. Moreover, the tree got the specificty to maintant water in its trunk. This water is then usefull to moisten the surrounding soils during dry season. That’s why mixing coffee trees and enset makes sense.
DW Company collects quality cherries in this fertile environement ; cherries are the dried at Buku station to provide this natural Guji coffee.
Buku is the name of the village but also of the river that runs through these hills. The green intensity of the vegetation contrasts here with the red tone of volcanic soils.
Local farming practices | Biodiversity | Manual harvesting | Socially Committed Producer | Environmental Protection
The company DW Coffee Export has been established in coffee sector since more than 20 year, especially in the region of Guji where the manager Demissie Edema comes from. DW is both a producer and an exporter. DW owns farms within the Guji appellation as well as several washing and drying stations in Hambela district. Aware of the potential of the coffee produced in this area, the members of DW have put their energy into enhancing the quality of the coffees from here. In addition to the coffees harvested on their farms, DW works with small farmers from whom they collect beautiful cherries to complete the lots. To support these producers, DW provides them technical assistance and financial support, especially by paying cherries higher than the market to maintain an optimal quality.
To be sure to trace well the cherries, DW ensures their preparation in different stations. They balance amount of cherries to obtain a uniform way of drying and the best quality.
The precision of the team at different levels of their work guarantees the quality of these coffees.. Several DW coffees have won awards in recent years, in Ethiopia and at competitions across Africa. These distinctions made DW very proud and confirm their precise work from farm to export.