Women-owned and operated
REGION: Dumerso, Yirgacheff
ALTITUDE: 1880 to 2200 MASL
VARIETALS: Kurume, Wolisho, Dega and other heirloom varieties
DRYING METHOD: Shaded drying
Grand Marnier, ripe melon, juicy nectarine, Meyer lemon zest, demerara syrup
REGIONAL INFORMATION Dumerso Washing Station
Led by the dynamic sister team of CEO Hirut (Beti) Birhanu and Manager Mahder Birhanu, Dumerso is a family endeavour anchored in Yirgacheffe and extending its reach to several other areas of Ethiopia. The flagship washing station is Dumerso, acquired by Beti 12 years ago and named for the village where it is located in the Yirgacheffe District. The family has lovingly worked in coffee for over 20 years and has stayed smart and consistent through enormous challenges.
Piggybacking on racial tensions, agitators incited the local people to destroy dozens of washing stations owned by Ethiopians of other tribal backgrounds than Gedeo. Dumerso’s site was looted and destroyed. The family lost a lot of money in the process but remained hopeful that they could do good for the area and rebuild. In the same season, nightly low temperatures that hadn’t been seen in more than fifty years caused frost to strike the area and decimated the harvest. Despite these challenges, the family has continued to forge ahead with great fortitude. Since then, they have been rebuilding with a focus on specialty coffee and process control.
Price: 340g for $25