Amaro Gayo coffee

 
Amaro coffee Arabica genetic varieties, relatively light population, waterfalls
(the Gayo in our name) and highland bamboo forests are
among the unique features of the area.
 
 
 
 
 

 
This exceptional coffee is produced by Asnakech Thomas, Ethiopia’s only female coffee grower, miller and exporter. Brought up in the Amaro district of the Southern Region of Ethiopia, Asnakech, as one of the Ethiopian diaspora returned from abroad to go into farming, and especially for growing and exporting specialty organic coffee.

The many Amaro coffee Arabica genetic varieties, relatively light population, waterfalls (the Gayo in our name) and highland bamboo forests are among the unique features of the area.
The Altitude, 1100-1800 meters, the season of Harvest, October to February makes the Arabica coffee best in its quality and preferable.

 
 
 
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We are the growers and suppliers of a real specialty coffee.

For the people of Ethiopia, the word for coffee is “Buna”, and Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee: it is in the rainforests of the Kaffa region that coffee Arabica grew wild, and there still grows wild, and in other coffee areas of Ethiopia. It is considered that in the coffee-growing regions of Ethiopia there are over 10,000 (and counting) separate genetic varieties of coffee Arabica. In order to assist in this scientific genetic research Asnakech in 2014 started funding the Awade Branch of the Jimma Agricultural Research Institute for an 8 years program on the genetic base of Arabica coffee in Amaro.
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
Location
 
The mountains of Amaro are an insular place in Ethiopia, isolated by two Rift Valley lakes, Chamo and Abeya to the West and by a chain of green mountains in the East-the highlands near Yirga Chefe and Fisseha Genet. This remoteness has helped to create one of the most uniquely flavored and sought-after coffees (coffee Arabica), as all Amaro Gayo Buna aficionados agree, and for which over the years Asnakech has received several awards.
 
Much of the western part of this district of Southern Ethiopia lies inside the Nechisar National Park. The major crops grown in Amaro are teff, (an Ethiopian staple) corn, wheat, barley, coffee, beans, enset (false banana), and different kinds of fruit and vegetables. Even the bananas from Amaro have a special, unique flavor, a citrus-like tang.
 
 
 
 
Processing
 
The coffee processing mainly takes place at two locations in Amaro; for both washed and natural sun-dried coffee at Kore Biko and Derba Menana to where the coffee from our own plantations and that from neighboring coffee farmers’ households is brought. Over the years, through her own skills, Asnakech has trained her coffee people and cooperating farmers in her methods, and her insistence on selecting fresh and fully ripe red cherries for the semi-washed process. The local coffee farmers listen to her because they have seen the good results for themselves.