Boji is a privately owned washing station in Kochere, named after the kebele where it is located. Kochere is a sub-region of Ethiopia’s famous Yirgacheffe coffee producing area.
For the natural processing method, the intact coffee cherries (i.e., the fruit from which the seeds are taken) are dried by the sun, typically on patios or raised beds. It’s only after the cherry has been sufficiently dried that the seed is removed. With the cherry and mucilage still intact, this process imparts unique qualities onto the seed. When done well, this processing method can yield incredible, fruit-forward coffees with lower acidity and juicy sweetness.
Commonly in Yirgacheffe coffee producers pick and sell their coffee to washing stations that are within walking distance from their farms. These producers grow heirloom varieties and practice the “coffee garden” production techniques that are common throughout Ethiopia.