Korate – Heirloom

Microlot (87-89 points)

Korate, Guji, Ethiopia – Slow Dried Natural Heirloom

– “An outstanding gem of Ethiopian Heirloom lot prepared with attention to detail by our new friend Abiyot Boru of Buno Coffee Trading”. 

What to expect in the cup

Strawberry, nectarine, rose water. Extremely sweet with multi-layered complex stone fruits acidity and outstanding floral perfume aroma.


This particular lot has undergone an Anaerobic Slow Dry (ASD) natural process. What does it mean? Ethiopian natural processed coffees typically have a complex sweet and floral character. However (ASD) processing begins with a 120-hour controlled anaerobic fermentation, during which the coffee absorbs sugars from its own pulp in an oxygen free environment. Prolonged drying then takes up to five weeks or 30-40 days, when the coffee has time to acquire the additional layer of sweetness and complexity you will experience in this cup.
Buno Coffee Trading is a relatively small exporter who manage 7 washing stations located in the area of Guji in Ethiopia’s southern region. Very high terroir at well over 2000 masl and an abundance of relatively young, healthy trees whose maturation is gradual, means ideal conditions for producing outstanding cup qualities. Producers in the area grow their coffee around the lush forests on the hills and village outskirts under the shade of indigenous trees like Cordia Africana, Acacia and Albizzia. Buno was established in 2018 and is managed by Mr.Abiyot who oversees the selection of partner farmers, the processing of cherry and the drying practices. Buno is focused on working with farmers with between 8-15 hectares of land which makes quality improvements easier to manage and ensures that produced volumes of cherry can be separated into single producer micro-lots. To ensure that farmers wait to pick only fully ripened cherries, Buno pays farmers a premium of one birr for every kilo delivered after the harvest. Additionally, Buno provides a credit line to farmers during the off-season for harvest related expenses. The loan is then deducted from their payment upon cherry selection, interest free. The cherry selection we have witnessed at Buno’s sites are by far the best we have seen in Ethiopia. One of Buno’s sites, Dikitu, has 120 raised beds which is are exclusively for processing natural coffees. 9 farmers contributed to this lot who, on average, have farms 6.5 hectares in size. The farm gate price paid to them for their coffee was 50 Ethiopian Birr per kg of cherry. Coffee in this area grows under a canopy of native shade trees such as acacia and wanza. The local soil is volcanic fertile red soil and deep sandy loam. The washing station was established in 2005 and has been managed under Abiyot Boru for 10 years.