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Ethiopia coffee is often the gateway to specialty coffee. Some people say they had an "a-ha" moment once they tried Ethiopian coffee for the first time and could clearly distinguish commercial coffee from specialty. This coffee is one to expand your understanding of what high-quality coffee can taste.
Named after the region where the Testi Ayla Washing Station is located in Ethiopia. Coffees in Ethiopia are typically traceable to the washing station level, where smallholder farmers deliver their cherry harvest by weight.
Testi Ayla Washing Station was founded in 2010 and became part of the Testi group in 2016. It now serves about 375 smallholder farmers in the village of Bombe in Sidama, near Bombe Mountain. Producers here own an average of 2.5 hectares and grow varieties such as Mikicho and Setami, which are local coffees.
The birthplace of coffee, Ethiopia is revered for its beans. It produces some of the best single-origin coffees in the world because the environment is perfect to cultivate amazing coffee without the use of agricultural chemicals. High elevations in the southern mountainous region make for excellent growing conditions. The soil is deep, the vegetation is lush, and most coffees are grown in the shade and among other plants.