QUALITY SCORE: 87.75
Jasmine / Lemon / Pomelo / Earl Grey Tea
Suggested for espresso and filter
THE STORY BEHIND
Ethiopia has a reputation as a home to some of our planet’s most fascinating varieties of Arabica coffee, with coffee being an integral part in the country’s culture and customs.Located some 40 km away from Shakiso, Faisal’s washing station at Mulish was the first to be built in the area back in 2014. This four-hectare washing station is situated at an altitude of around 1750 meters above sea level on a slope leading down to the Mormora river. Although getting to the washing station is difficult, the location is ideal because it is close to the outgrowers who no longer have to travel long miles over arduous terrain to sell their coffee.Faisal makes it a point to ensure the Mulish washing station benefits the community. Our outgrowers are our backbone, he says, explaining why he places so much importance on working with the community and meeting their needs. The first initiative Faisal took when establishing his operations in the area was to build classrooms for the local school together with the community.What is more, the washing station helps train the farmers to improve coffee growing practices, thereby further improving the already excellent quality of Mulish coffee. As of early 2020, Mulish purchases coffee from 880 outgrowers in the areas surrounding the washing station.Many of these smallholders are relatively new to the area, most having moved here to farm over the past ten years. Some have come from areas close to Mulish, in the Guji zone; while others have moved, with their families, from as far away as Harar because of government relocation programs. Besides coffee, many of the farmers’ families also work with cattle and honey, and grow other cash crops. Each household works on average four hectares of land.
Rubens Gardelli, the owner and creator of the roastery, is an important persona in the world of specialty coffee. He was the winner of The World Coffee Roasting Championships 2017. Three times on a box (twice first, once second) in Brewers Cup in Italy, Rubens also won 2014 WCE Italy Coffee Roasting Championship.