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This amazingly high-grown micro-lot from Rumudamo Trading PLC was the top washed coffee in the Ethiopia 2020 International Cup of Excellence competition, scoring over 90 points. This lot is exceptionally floral with deep notes of lavender, delicate white peach, and dried mango.
Bogale Woldehana and his family grew up in the district of Arebegona, which is in the heart of the Sidama Highlands. While the region of Sidama is famous for coffee, and many areas in Sidama have been growing coffee over generations, Arbegona, until recently had little to no coffee being grown. Thus, washing stations were practically non existent in Arbegona and the little coffee that was produced was mostly dried as naturals.
While many others could not see the potential in coffee here, Bogale Woldehana was determined to change that. After years of setbacks, and trying to convince the local government administration that coffee was promising in this area, Bogale with co-founders Tamre Kare, Wetate Toshe, Elias Harka, Legesse Harka, and Petros Legamo were granted permission to start doing coffee. Together these co-founders in 2015 started working with just 35 farmers and set up their company Rumudamo, naming it after the kebele (community) where they planed to build their coffee washing station.
With the extremely high elevations of 2,200 to 2,600 m.a.s.l. and even higher in pockets, the area screams potential for coffee quality. It also means farmers here have to be trained well if they want to produce any coffee in the more extreme climate - much less quality coffee. To do this Bogale and the Rumudamo co-founders set up numerous trainings and made sure that farmers were planting good varieties that could withstand the elevations. (Most farmers planted the Bishari variety from the Jimma Agricultural Research Center named 74110, that was discovered in the area of Metu Bishari in western Ethiopia in 1974. This variety is known to produce an exceptional cup and has good resistance to Coffee Berry Disease which is Important at high elevations with cool and damp climates like in Arbegona.)
After having a good foundation of growing coffee and quality cherry selection that their training sessions provided, RumuDamo finished building their washing station in 2018, and produced a small amount of washed coffee that they sold to the local buyers and the commodity exchange. The small amount they processed in 2018 was followed by the 2019/20 harvest and Rumudamo hand expanded from working with35 growers to 300. This harvest was the first year that RumuDamo saw enough coffee cherries to really have a good production of both natural and washed coffee.
Normally, a first or second year with processing agricultural products would be trial years and the quality may not live up to its potential, but Rumudamo made sure that wasn't the case. RumuDamo's first real season of having a good amount of washed coffee just so happened to also coincide with the first ever Cup of Excellence in the country of Ethiopia. Rumudamo turned in their coffee to the national tasting competition and hoped for a strong showing. And strong it was.
Rumudamo placed 2nd, 3rd and 8th with their washed coffees - garnering the top 3 scores in the country for washed coffee and getting over $100.00 dollars a pound at auction for their 2nd place lot. The coffees from Rumudamo stunned the 2020 auction buyers and quality specialists.
In 2019/2020 Rumudamo shined a bright light that there is still much potential to be discovered for quality in Ethiopia - and the team at Rumudamo knows that they are just getting started.
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