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Shore Ourago Estate

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Country

Continent

Region

Guji, Uraga

Community Name

Kochere Shore Ourago Farm

Processing Method

Arrival Date

September 2021

Cupping Notes Upon Arrival

85.5 – Dried blackberries, black tea, caramel, lemon-lime, rose

Elevation

1960 – 2020 MASL

Varietals

Herilooms (All local varities "Kurume: & 'Deega")

Fresh Filter

Prior Crops 12+ Months

Description

Mr. Shore Ourago was introduced to us by way of a network of smallholder farmer exporters in Sidama and Yirgacheffe. Shore’s son, Adugna, is the organizer of this smallholder group, having grown up in a strong coffee producing family. In the 1940s Shore’s father (Adugna’s grandfather) was a farmer in the then-sparsely populated Kochere highlands. He began planting coffee after purchasing 10 hectares of land in the neighboring Kebele, Rego. Shore grew up assisting the family business and began his life carrying out the same work as his father. Coffee farming is his one and only life business, says Shore, and he now employs 22 staff during peak harvest.
Shore manages his farm by using organic manure, intercropping with nitrogen fixing plants and shade trees. While his farm is too small to cover the cost of organic certification, he says he manages his farm organically to best support the coffee tree varieties native to his region. In the community he contributes funds for local school administration and road construction.
The smallholder-exporter context is a difficult one, requiring large enough volumes for a single farmer to export and the knowledge and means to register as an exporter and properly arrange all documentation. Adugna provides this service to both his father (Shore) and several dozen other farmers he supports throughout Sidama and Yirgacheffe.