Biloya coffee (or Beloya) is created in Gedeo, a region that extends south from the Sidama zone surrounded by the Oromia region with Guji bordering to the East. Situated in the Ethiopian Highlands which has little altitude falling below 1500masl, and is home to Ras Dashen, the highest mountain in Ethiopia, 10th highest in Africa.
Here, you will find coffee farmers raising an Heirloom varietal that has notes of peach, Jasmine, and black tea.
Flavour Profile of Biloya
Coffee is washed in the flotation tanks to remove any plant debris and undesirable beans, before being fermented and the mucilage removed and the parchment coffee being dried to around 12% on raised beds.
Further sorting and removal of the bean from parchment are carried out in the Union owned facilities in Addis Ababa.
Coffee Grown in Ethiopia
The Biloya Cooperative has 1,203 members, lying just north of Chelelektu, Gedeo Zone. The washing station itself has two preserving units to ensure a timely washing and drying of the cherry, using water from the local river system.
The coffee from here is grown at high altitudes in iron-rich soils with a spread of genetic diversity provided by the heirloom varietals.
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