The western region of Ethiopia is not traditionally well-known for high-quality coffee and many importers don't venture outside of sourcing in Yirgacheffe, Sidamo, and Harrar.
Luckily for us our coffee buyer found a single farm, Tega & Tula Specialty Coffee Farm, established in the year 2000 by Ahadu Woubhset. Tega & Tula are actually two adjacent farms, named after the two nearby villages of Tega and Tula, found in the woreda, or district, of Gibo, in Kaffa, Ethiopia.
The total farm area is 500 hectares in size, with nearly 400 hectares planted in coffee. The farm is certified organic and produces both Washed and Natural coffees, and it not only has a wonderful flavor profile but also full traceability down to the producer—and nowadays down to the "block," or subplot. Ahadu is an entrepreneur who was a founding member of the executive team at the Ethiopian Commodity
Exchange, who left the ECX and decided to invest in a farm himself in order to produce entirely specialty coffee. He found the perfect spot in the famous Kaffa Zone, which is considered the absolute birthplace of Arabica coffee, and decided to start up an operation that aimed to preserve the natural beauty of the area, support the local community, and of course produce fantastic coffees.
This particular block is called Dosha, and is a 46.38-hectare subplot located in the Tula farm. This block is where the farm's "Mother tree" is planted, the oldest tree on the land. The farm is located in the area where the first place Arabica coffee was discovered in Kaffa.
The Dosha block is farm owner Ahadu Woubshet's favorite, with its tall canopy and beautiful lush landscape. Planted in 2002–2003, and has 74110, 74112, and Bunawashi coffee varieties. Both 74110 and 74112 were developed by the Jimma Agricultural Research Center in the 1970s, bred for their profile as well as for their resistance to disease, pests, and drought.
Bunawashi was released in the year 2006, after being selected by scientists in 1974 for its Coffee Berry Disease–resistance. It's called Bunawahshi from "buna," the Afan Oromia term for coffee, and "Washi," the place where it was selected.