Named after one of its local tribes Guji belongs to the Oromia region of Ethiopia. Guji is surrounded by Borena on the south, by the Southern Nations Nationalities, and Peoples Region on the west, by the Ganale Dorya River on the north which separated it from Bale and by the Somali Region on the east.
Previously coffees from Yirgacheffe and Guji were categorised together under Sidamo coffee. But this was a wide classification covering much of central-south Ethiopia. Coffee professionals around the globe now are realizing the distinctiveness of Guji coffee from its neighbouring regions, Sidamo and Yirgacheffe.
Guji coffee is an indigenous variety of heirloom coffee and the hills and landscape of Guji allow for particular cultivars to develop in this region. The highly reputed Guji coffee earned its name and prestige from the unique and differentiating flavour profiles. Coffee aficionados swear by the complex, yet balanced, cup profile that does well in both filter and espresso. It is also highly regarded for its delicious high-quality coffees (both washed and natural) with notes of sweet citrus, floral, tea rose, and various other fruits, but especially vibrant, juicy blueberries.
Traditionally, Guji has always produced washed and naturals entirely, but lately, coffee manufacturers have started to produce honey as well. The washed variety Guji coffee possesses good balance, bright acidity and a smooth mouthfeel with tinges of black tea, bright citrus, and floral aromas.
Kerchanshe Trading PLC is one of the top coffee exporters in Ethiopia who have worked with the farmers of Guji for years to produce exemplary coffee that raised the standards of coffee cultivation in Ethiopia.