with our Taferi Kela anaerobic washed

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lot VE-2401

The initial plan for this lot was for it to be processed as a conventional washed coffee but here’s a story about how that didn’t quite go to plan (don’t worry it’s a story with a nice ending).

Coffee with a twist

The cherries for this coffee were from our farm. We picked ripe cherries, sorted them through floating and placed them in a depulper. Following this the usual thing to do is to wash the cherries to remove the last of the exocarp and mucilage, this of course requires water. Where our farm and mill is in Taferi Kela it is very remote and we had a lot of power cuts and our water pump is run on a generator which broke, and on top of that the water pump broke. We of course needed to be fixed quite quickly because cherries not only for this small lot but a total of 18 tonnes of cherries were awaiting water for processing!
We first went to the nearest village for spare parts which is about a two hour drive away, there we found nothing. Then we went further to Awassa the capital city of Sidamo and still nothing. So we had to order the parts from Addis Ababa which would never make it within 24 hours. We were terrified of losing these 18 tonnes of cherries as waste. It would be a huge loss of income for us and our community! So we put our heads together and Dawit had an idea, we put them all out in grain pros and processed them as a semi anaerobic, to see what the results would be. Within 36 hours the part for the pump arrived and we fixed it and processed these cherries the usual way we would washed coffee and we dried them.
We called the coffee the nickname ‘red-washed’ and it was a name that terrified us, it would account for about 40 x 60 kilo sacks of coffees and we weren’t sure how they would turn out! That feeling continued until we took an early sample in January and cupped it and expected it to cup under grade but we were so happily surprised with the results. So far everyone has cupped it over 86, and reactions have been good when we call it ‘experimental’ rather than ‘broken water pump’. The question for next year is can we repeat this experiment without the stress!

Lot details

Farm: Bette Buna Taferi Kela

Varietal: 74112 & Enat Buna D’ara Otilicho

Altitude: 1988-2100 masl

Harvest: November ’23

Processing: Semi- Anaerobic Washed


Latitude: 6°29’56.33″N

Longitude: 38°24’12.35″E

Farmers: Dawit & Hester Syoum, Mersha Syoum, Tangut Syoum, Anchinalun Syoum, Messai Syoum, Alemne Getu, Basha Getu.

Farm team: Dawit Syoum, Hester Syoum, Haile Tadesse, Tangut Syoum, Mersha Syoum, Messai Syoum, Delemash Hailu, Genene Alemu, Abraham Tekale, Alemne Getu, Aynalem Bogale, Amarech Tafesse, Abaynesh Edama, Asnakech Lema, Atalelech Tsige, Abebayo Demise, Abayne Beyene, Emush Tafesse, Meseret Gudineh, Matios Decha, Meberate De’a, Tebabech Wudneh, Temesgen Zirfun, Tadu Taye, Tadelech Tadesse, Tigist Alemu, Tomas Roda, Debere Doje, Genene Lema, Abraham Takele, Telahun Asfau, Desalegn Debeku, Endashaw Kifle, Legesse Teseche, Gelulat Fiseha, Yeshi Hariso, Bedilu Englis, Yenberun Bubesha.

Processing masters: Dawit Syoum & Demelash Hailu

Farm Taferi Kela

Our farm is located in Taferi Kela, a remote and isolated woreda in the South of Sidama, on the opposite side of the region to another much more well known woreda; Bensa. Although it is less well known Taferi Kela has all of the same conditions necessary to produce exceptional coffee; high altitude, ideal climate, rich fertile soil, healthy plant life, and most importantly strong community. Read more..

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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