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lot VE-2432

The cherries for this lot came from our own farm. This one is processed as an extended natural, which means after picking the ripe cherries they were placed on raised beds and dried for 8 weeks in shade, except for the first 3 days where they are dried a little bit more intensively, for a short period on each of those first 3 days they are placed out in the high sun. This is to quickly reduce the moisture content to avoid over fermentation and the formation of mould.

Sun and shadow

For the remainder of the drying over those 8 weeks there is a lot of careful management of moisture and shade, this is managed through stacking the cherries to capture moisture and raking them to release it, as well as using different levels of shade cover.  It is a laborious process that involves a lot of supervision, we are thrilled with the results and our team at the Guji mill did a truly exceptional job on this lot.

Lot details

Farm: Bette Buna Megadu

Varietal: 74112, 74110  & Enat Buna Megadu

Altitude: 1900-2200 masl

Harvest: Late November – December ’23

Processing: Extended Natural


GPS:  5.687563, 38.821360

Farmers: Dawit & Hester Syoum

Farm team: Dawit Syoum, Hester Syoum, Demelash Hailu, ato Sentayehu, ato Saffay, gash Duba, Kemer Saffai, Abiti, [add list ’23 team]

Processing masters: Dawit Syoum & ato Sentayehu

Farm Megadu

The farm is a big beautiful forest, and within its 220 hectares sits our plot, which is around a quarter of the total farmland owned by the three Abbaa Gadaa. As with our Taferi Kela farm our work in this region started as a small pilot. We took a small plot to see how well the collaboration would work. 

We needed to know the project would be a win-win for us, the Abbaa Gadaa and the communities that they represent. We always try to build incrementally so that we have an opportunity to find any potential problems before investing too heavily or taking too much risk. Thankfully this collaboration has been a huge success, massively exceeding our expectations both in terms of coffee quality and impact.  Read more..

Guji is well known for producing exceptional coffees, in particular natural process ones. We’ve learned a lot from the farmers we work with there about good farm management, cultivation and generally the health of farms there from soil to plant is really really good. We’ve had the opportunity to add value there by teaching people other processing techniques. We have a mill there and we process lots from our plot but also the surrounding plots, many as naturals but also washed and some experimental processes such as anaerobic / anoxic. This is a big example of that win-win relationship we aspire to as we are learning and improving our coffee growing and processing in a way that is collaborative and beneficial not only for us but for the wider coffee growing community. More about our approach..

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