Uraga is one of several sorting stations operated by Israel Degfa in Ethiopia’s Guji Region. Guji coffees are known for their distinct flavour profiles, and the Uragas met our expectations - and then some, being a real standout this year. The Uraga washing station works closely with producers and producer groups in order to access the best cherries in the region. The station’s staff does the sorting and grading on-site and invests in improving processing and drying systems throughout the region.
The natural method of processing coffee cherries, also known as the dry method, is carried out by letting the cherries dry off naturally, allowing them to be absorbed into the bean. This method can result in reduced clarity of flavours, but it also has a distinct benefit - natural coffees exhibit a wider range of flavours when compared to washed coffees, as the flavours and sugars of the cherry combine with the flavours stored in the bean, creating a profile that is full of pronounced and rich fruity taste notes.