Washed Limu Nopa Grade 1
Altitude: 1,600 – 1,750 m a.s.l
Soil Type: Volcanic and Sedimentary
Harvesting Period: October – December.
Processing Method – Fully washed then drying on the bed for 11 days.
This wet mill is located in the southwest Ethiopia’s Oromia regional state, Ilubabour zone, and Bilo Nopa woreda. It is 23 km from the zonal town, Metu, and 621 Km away from Addis Ababa.
Before SNAP Specialty Coffee began the wet mill operation in this area, the coffee was dried on the ground and sold at low prices for local traders.
Nopa wet mill was constructed in 2020 through a partnership consisting of 1,220 outgrower farmers who supply coffee cherries to the wet mill.
The wet mill uses a traditional AGAARD pulping machine to de-pulp the coffee cherries during the harvest along with drying tables of about 280. The pulping takes place during the night once after the member farmer’s delivery their pickings.
The wet mill receives water from a perennial river and the mill produces no pollution. The pulp is used to prepare compost and excess water is treated by vetiver grass and evaporated in a lagoon. The wet mill has hired an industry manager, accountant, storekeeper, guards, and daily laborers.