Think big with our

static cherries of Taferi Kela

Limited single farm
lot VE-2409

This lot comes from our own farm, we processed this in an experimental way, something we’d tried before that didn’t work out but this time, thankfully it really did!

Intuition and experience

We processed the cherries but instead of putting them straight in the anaerobic tank first we dried them a bit for three days in shifts between partial shade and full sun, following this we put them into the tanks and processed them in the tanks. It was purely an experiment, based on a bit of intuition and experience but after that first experiment not working out this time it really really worked and this is possibly one of the best coffees we’ve ever produced!
These lots are quite limited; we didn’t want to take a risk with a big volume of cherry. Next year we will process more coffee in this way which we’re referring to now as ‘static cherry’. We hope our results next year are close to as good as this!
Dawit and Sisay were in charge of processing this lot. Sisay was in the military until about a year and a half ago, he was badly injured when a bullet hit him in the eye but thankfully passed through without damaging his brain. Sisay is incredibly skilled and the disciplined, methodical approach to work he learned in the military makes him a good fit for processing coffees. Ex-military people like Sisay often struggle to find meaningful work and often face discrimination, so we are really happy that we’ve been able to find him a career where he can really excel.

Lot details

Farm: Bette Buna Taferi Kela

Varietal: 74112 & Enat Buna D’ara Otilicho

Altitude: 1988-2100 masl

Harvest: November ”23

Processing: Static cherries 96hrs


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 & Sisay Tadesse

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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