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Genji Challa

This lot is made of predominantly Serto 74112 varietal cherries, grown and harvested around the Genji Challa village. We find tasting notes of apricot, white nectarine, and tangelo.

Body     Acidity

Roasted omni for filter and espresso

Telila Coffee Washing Station (CWS) is owned and run by Mike Mamo, a partner in Osito Coffee importers. The washing station was purchased in 2019 and in 2019/2020 the first harvest was put into operation. In addition to producing impeccably clean washed lots, Telila also produces honey, natural, and anaerobic natural lots.

In the pursuit of improving quality, Telila is innovating in many exciting ways. For instance, where most washing stations build lots based exclusively on the processing method employed and the location the cherries were delivered to (i.e. the washing station name), Telila goes a step further and separates lots based on the kebele from which the cherry came. Mike and the team also store all their parchment in hermetically sealed bags - a first for Ethiopia.

This lot is made of predominantly Serto 74112 varietal cherries, grown and harvested nearby Genji Challa.

The 74112 varietal is from the Metu Bishari selections, made in the forest of the same name in the Illubabor Zone by the Jimma Agricultural Research Center (JARC) in 1974. They were selected for their resistance to Coffee Berry Disease, and now these are some of the most propagated varieties in Ethiopia.

Last year, Osito (this coffee’s importer) added a donation of 10¢ for every pound purchased from Telila Washing Station to go towards kickstarting some social projects together with the nearby Kacho Tulla Primary School. Addis Exporter and Telila CWS continue to help manage these funds, along with school leadership, as well as continue to contribute to the school from money acquired through the sale of these coffees.

A sign at the entrance of the Telila washing station.


All the images and information about this coffee and its producers have been kindly shared by the importer, Osito, and edited by us, Sample Coffee (unless linked to or credited otherwise).

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Mike Mamo & Producers From Genji Challa


Telila Coffee Washing Station




Gera, Jimma


2000m above sea level


74110, 74112, and 74140




December 2022



Tasting notes

Apricot, white nectarine, tangelo

Roast style



74110 varietal
74112 varietal

A varietal from the Metu Bishari selections made in the forests of the Illubabor Zone in western Ethiopia in 1974. The Jimma Agricultural Research Center (JARC) selected it (alongside a few others)for its resistance to coffee berry disease.

The location

Coffee from Ethiopia

Seen as the birthplace of domesticated coffee, there are not many more exciting times at the Sample warehouse as when our fresh Ethiopian lots arrive. Legend says it’s our favourite origin…

The Jimma region of Ethiopia

Region in the southwest that traditionally only produced commodity grade coffee. With increased exposure and education the truly great potential of this area is beginning to be realised. Can also be referred to as ‘Jimmah’, ‘Jimma’, and ‘Djimmah’

Farm processes

Washed process

Machines are used to remove the flesh from the coffee cherry before being fermented in water, washed again, and finally sun dried. This process tends to result in more distinct, cleaner flavours.

Coffee delivery: coffee in resealable bag and farm information card

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