‘Aroresa’ Is produced in the Bensa district within the state of Southern Oromia at nearly 2,000 metres elevation. This fruit driven coffee is sourced from the farms of local families, each with micro-plots of around 2-5 hectares, and processed at the Aroresa mill by the waters of the Hamile river.
The Aroresa washing mill is supported by Testi Coffee, who deals with exporting the station’s coffee. Testi also provides the station with support and quality control, while striving for premium quality from the local producers. They have set up the Premium Cherry Selection program, paying premium prices to farms that produce superb cherries.
After grading, the beans are soaked in clean water for up to 48 hours to remove the sticky mucilage by fermentation. The coffee then goes through another round of washing and grading, before being dried for 12 to 15 days. This is done on African drying beds initially undercover, and also in direct sunlight. The result highlights an exceptional coffee, filled with stone-fruit and tea characteristics reflective of the region.