Wolisho is a regional variety from Ethiopia.
The term "heirloom" is often used as a catch-all for Ethiopian coffees, but in reality there are countless varieties under that term, know as "land races". These races were originally selected from wild coffee trees, and are often hyper-localised, adapted to very the very specific conditions in which they first developed.
Wolisho is one of these regional land races. Like most land races, it is named after a single tree, from the Gedeo region in the south-west of the country. The tree has long leaves and big fruits, and produces somewhat irregular yearly yields.
The picture above shows a lot from Chelbesa, the biggest coffee plantation in the Gedeb Woreda, where we work with our partner Girum Assefa.