Daniel Miju's Micro Lot: Taste The Terroir from Worka kebele, Gedeb district, Gedeo Zone, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region, Ethiopia
Grower: Daniel Miju is a septuagenarian coffee farmer, and native of the Worka kebele of S. Gedeb district, Gedeo Zone. Miju has been farming for four decades, and is a founding member of the Worka cooperative, founded in 2006.
Farm: Miju's farm, which he inherited in 1978, is intercropped with mango, avocado, and bananas. Further, he uses agroforestry methods to improve biodiversity.
Lot: This lot is fully traceable through a partnership established by Royal Coffee and the YCFCU (Yirgacheffe Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union) created to highlight single farmer lot's like Miju's. Due to the nature of the ECX, or auctioning system in Ethiopia, it is exceedingly uncommon to find a single-farmer lot. Miju's coffee presents a unique opportunity to taste the regional terroir from Southern Ethiopia.
Region: Worka kebele of Southern Ethiopias Gedeb district, Gedeo, the smallest administrative division of the vast Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Ethnic Region of Ethiopia.
Geography: Gedeo is located south of Yirgacheffe, shares a border to the north with Sidama, and is surrounded on the East, South, and West by Oromia.
Harvest: November 2016-January 2017
Provess: Dried in the fruit on raised beds in the sun
Varietal/Cultivar: Indigenous heirloom varietals
Altitude: 1900-1950 masl
The Cup: A very sweet coffee with a lot of fruit acids, and a syrupy texture. Jammy grape soda, strawberry candy, night flowers, and a super sugary milk chocolate finish.