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Taferi Kela washed

lot VE-2407

This is a washed community lot that was made up of cherries from 53 farmers that live and work in the Taferi Kela community. They supply their fresh harvest in a timespan of mid November to mid December.

Step by step

Either they live close to the mill and they supply their fresh cherries straight to the station or if they live a little further away we have a truck that we send out to collect cherries from a number of arranged collection points. During the harvest season this truck starts it’s journey out at 3am, it is hard work as each of the collections need to be weighed, measured and assessed, by between 3pm and 5pm each day it returns to the mill where the cherries are floated to sort for density, depulped and the drying on raised beds begins.
All 53 farmers involved in producing this larger community lot are enrolled in our farmer programme, so the lot is traceable and we are able to provide training and support throughout the year. In Sidamo farmers typically used to pick unripe cherries and generally do whatever possible to increase the weight of cherry as there was no incentive to deliver quality. We’re in our third year working there now and things are so much better but it’s been a difficult journey to get to this point and there is still further to go in improving practices.
In the past one common practice was to deliver cherries in an open top basket with a top layer of ripe red cherries obscuring mostly green under ripe cherries. We still occasionally get this but not as much as we did in the past, through education we can explain to people that if they wait a few days for the cherry to ripen they will gain weight so they will get more money and not have to risk having their cherries rejected. These kinds of shifts in perception and understanding of value take time, but we are getting there year by year.

Lot details

Farm: Community farmers (53) in D’ara Taferi Kela region

Varietal: 74112 & Enat Buna D’ara Otilicho

Altitude: 1850-2120 masl

Harvest: November-December ’23

Processing: Washed


GPS: Geo-report available per October ’25

53 Community Farmers:  Meseret Motisa, Kasech Kebede, Mitsiwat Dingato, Alemitu Gamada, Hiywet Bogale, Maridiya Hankamo, Asrat Yohanis, Gebire Hiywet Gezahign, Medihanit Gezahign, Sister Youre, Buzunesh Danisso, Abera Komche, Asefa Gobaro, Mihret Alemayew, Alemayew Syoum, Yihun Tomas, Ayinalem Garsamo, Misru Demisse, Ayelech Hechu, Mitsiwat Akililu, Gezahign Yeta, Bekele Kiyesso, Gizaw Feleke, Arifahe Gujjo, Almaz Moges, Shuribe Kidane, Bogalech Tura, Mersha Syoum, Mintosh Simano, Amsalech Hailu, Mekides Berasa, Aster Sidane, Mihret Netsanet, Enuka Kedella, Lome Sidane, Abebe Addis, Durese Kumalo, Arifahe Gujo, Lakech Latamo, Biruk Belay, Genzebua Belay, Tejitu Dika, Addise Dika, Liknesh Abebe.

 Processing masters: Dawit Syoum & Demelash Hailu

Community of Taferi Kela

In 2019 we inherited our grandfather’s farm but our understanding of its significance was developing long before then. When we visited the farm and saw Grandfather Syoum’s leadership within the Taferi Kela community it showed us a path to provide opportunities. The farm there was and still is our framework for a holistic approach to growing something strong and lasting. Our family farm is the first step towards using coffee, coffee farming and the wider industry as a tool to have impact and build good meaningful jobs. A step towards not only adding value for people but affording them opportunities to add value for themselves. Read more..

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