About The Coffee Farm
Sagera washing station is owned by Daye Bensa Coffee Export, who own farms and washing stations around Southern Ethiopia. This particular washing station is located in the Segera kebele within the Bensa woreda of the Sidama zone. The washing station sits at 1980masl and the coffee cherries are purchased from outgrowers with farms nearby. These outgrowers are typically small farmers with between 0.5 and 3 hectares of land which is managed organically with compost and is often grow within the native forest. There is a mix of varieties in the area, some of which are local landrace selections, but more commonly it is the 74158 variety, which is a selection from the Jimma research centre. This variety was selected from wild plants in the Metu-Bishari forest in the Illuababora zone in Western Ethiopia. 74160 is a widely distributed variety across Ethiopia and was selected for its resistance to CBD and good yield.
The coffee delivered to the Sagera washing station is pulped, fermented under water and then washed before being placed on raised beds to dry for around two weeks. At this site, the team are very selective about cherry quality ensuring only the ripest are bought and making sure that the coffee is dried slowly with a skin drying phase to start the process.
There are three lots from the same washing station, since they all stood out on the cupping table, but each one has its own unique qualities. This is lot 2.