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Taferi Kela washed

lot VE-2475

This lot is from 76 community farmers, with cherries collected between mid November and mid December. 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.

Step by step

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 76 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 (76) in D’ara Taferi Kela region

Varietal: 74112 & Enat Buna D’ara Otilicho

Altitude: 1850-2070 masl

Harvest: November-December ’23

Processing: Washed


GPS: Geo-report available per October/November ’24

76 Community Farmers:  Skolola Shakura, Muluken Zerihun, Nuat Maligso, Alimaz Sodo, Debritu Moriku, Zemenu Zerihun, Maligso Mamudi, Girma Abeyo, Megistu Maligso, Selemon Urikamo, Hailu Hamaro, Harimo Hameso, Misira Husen, Mekiya Husen, Hariso Harimo, Dake Mareru, Abebe Nage, Lama Bule, Haro Aamaro, Hamsalu Hariso, Marika Wena, Dagura Desilem, Hana Awezo, Ayele Arigisa, Gezahegn Gasiro, Kefalegn Kebede, Mulalu Kayeso, Malika Manusai, Kedir Mamudi, Gegene Gezahagn, Dikamo Dika, Lamiso Nage, Marikes Malika, Tefera Mareru, Gachu Yune, Dejene Debesa, Sefu Su’e, Hamita Hameso, Boye Hameso, Fikadu Nage, Sabato Tadese, Seta Tadese, Hachara Hamaso, Shuka Samio, Manamo Doga, Tadese Orisa, Kosita Adamo, Shanitu Shashamo, Musain Sulitan, Seid Sulitan, Tamirat Digiso, Tamenech Eyob, Ashireka Ebirahim, Dasamo Daimo, Rikina Dasa, Getachew Araga, adele Borola, Meseret Motisa, Alemitu Gamada, Almaz Moges, Addise Dika, Durese Kumalo, Mihret Netsanet, Buzunesh Danisso, Mihret Alemayew, Gizaw Feleke, Liknesh Abebe, Sister Youre, Misru Demisse, Mekides Berasa, Abera Komche, Enuka Kedella, Lome Sidane, Maridya Hankamo.

 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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