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2023 • Dry Process
with notes of
  • Strawberry
  • Milk Chocolate
  • Citrus

Back in 2020, Passenger released a dry processed Reserve Lot called Bookkisa that had been sourced from Ethiopian producer Ture Waji and his team at Sookoo Coffee. With creamy sweetness and a pleasingly fruity cup profile, the coffee quickly became one of the most popular releases we have ever shared on the menu.

Ture Waji is often referred to as “The King of Guji” in specialty coffee circles, and for good reason: he has been the person behind many of the cleanest, terroir-driven Ethiopian naturals that we at Passenger have had the pleasure of tasting. Our green buying team first became aware of Ture during the years that he was working as a quality manager at two respected private estates in southern Ethiopia: Mormora and Guji Highlands. Since that time, Ture established Sookoo Coffee with his brother Assefa, exported his first lots in 2018/2019, and currently operates processing sites in Odo Shakiso and Uraga. As one of Passenger’s longest-standing contacts in Ethiopia, we have had this talented producer to thank for many memorably delicious coffees over the years.

At the time of writing, we are excited to share two outstanding 2023 harvest selections from the Sookoo team that once again bear the Bookkisa name. These lots were selected on an early harvest cupping table in Addis Ababa, on Passenger’s most recent visit to Ethiopia in January, 2023. Bookkisa (washed) and Bookkisa Dry Process are community lots, meaning that they are composed of coffee delivered to the Sookoo site in Odo Shakiso by a community of farmers who live in the neighboring kebele of Bookkisa (a kebele is the smallest administrative unit in Ethiopia). Both lots are primarily composed of two varieties (74110 and 74112) that were selected for their yield potential and resistance to coffee berry disease by researchers at the Jimma Agricultural Research Center (JARC). Since their original identification and selection from the Illubabor forest in the 1970’s, these particular JARC selections have become some of the most commonly cultivated coffee varieties in Ethiopia1

As with any other processing method, top quality dry processed coffees simply do not happen by accident. Ture and his team train the farmers they buy from to only deliver coffee harvested at peak ripeness and they sort and dry the coffee cherries with incredible attention to detail after delivery. When drying the coffee on raised beds, great care is taken to remove underripe and overripe cherries by hand while the coffee is still fresh. Sorting early is important due to the fact that, once the coffee has dried for some time, color differences between the cherries are much less apparent. Ture’s team also keeps the depth of the coffee on the beds at 4cm or less and turns the coffee about 6 times a day to ensure even drying. When drying is complete, the coffee “pods” are rested in jute bags before undergoing multiple rounds of hand-sorting and optical sorting after hulling to remove defective beans.

  1. Bekele, Getu, and Timothy Hill. A Reference Guide to Ethiopian Coffee Varieties. Durham, N.C.: Counter Culture Coffee, 2018.