Passenger Archive

Telila Washed




Violets, Kiwi, Sugarcane

We are excited about this week's Passenger from Ethiopia!

The washing station Telila CSW is owned and run by Mike Mamo, located in Kecho Anderacha, Gera, in the region of Jimma at around 2000 m.a.s.l. Mike bought the station in 2019, and in 2019/2020, it was his first harvest.

With a real focus on quality control, they produce high-quality washed and natural lots and experiment with honey and anaerobic natural processed coffees. This lot is a washed process dried on raised beds for around two weeks. In that pursuit of improving quality, Telila is innovating in many exciting ways. For instance, where most washing stations build lots exclusively on the process used and the location the cherries were delivered to, Telila goes a step further and separates lots based on the day the coffee cherries were delivered. Mike and the team also store all their parchment in hermetically sealed bags - a first for Ethiopia.

Most of the cherries being delivered are of two varieties; Gibirinna 74110 and Serto 74112. Both of these are from the Metu Bishari selections made in the forest of the same name in the Illubabor Zone by the Jimma Agricultural Research Center (JARC) in 1974.

Expect a floral aroma with a hint of violets, a black tea-like body, the sweetness of sugarcane and bright kiwi fruit.

  • FARM / MILL: Mike Mamo, Telila
  • REGION: Gera, Jimma, Ethiopia
  • VARIETY:: Gibirinna 74110, Serto 74112
  • PROCESS: Washed
  • ALTITUDE: 2000 m.a.s.l.
  • HARVEST DATE: October 2021
  • ROAST DATE: August 2022