The Limu zone is in fact not an official zone in Ethiopia. The politically defined zone is named Jimma. Limu, on the other hand, is a typical coffee flavor found in Jimma and its neighboring zone, Illubabor. The Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX) divided the Limu flavored coffees into two categories, namely: A and B.
Category A represents coffee from woredas in Jimma: Gera, Goma, Gumay, Kersa, Limu Kossa, Limu Seka, Mena, Seka Chekorsa, and Shebe Sambo. Category B represents the woreda’s in Illubabor, wherein Limu flavored coffee is cultivated: Ale, Bedelle, Chora, Dedesa, Noppa, and Yayu.
Coffees from Limu yield a smooth, clean, resonating cup with a subtle citric acidity. The, relatively, moderate scoring Limu’s can be a decisive blend component, and the high scoring lots can easily be roasted and served as a single.
As Trabocca, we work together with several partners that take the lead in Limu when it comes to quality coffee. For instance, the Burka Gudina Farm, Gera Farm, and Biftu Gudina Co-operative. Our ties with Limu even go beyond partnerships because our Ethiopian General Manager, Abiyu Melaku Addis, was born and raised in Limu Genet – giving us insight into the culture and practices.