Region: Shantawene, Sidama
Varietal: JARC 74158
Process: Natural + Anaerobic Fermentation
Altitude: 2,120 - 2,210 MASL
Cupping Notes: Strawberry, Grape Juice, Red Sangria
Description: This unique lot comes to us from Daye Bensa, a group processing coffee throughout Sidama, Ethiopia. We have long admired the work of the Dukamo Family, who own and operate the washing stations and farms under Daye Bensa. Asefa and MuluGeta Dukamo are some of the few folks exporting experimentally processed coffees from Ethiopia. We look forward to building a stronger business relationship with Daye Bensa, and as for this very special offering, we’re going to let The Dukamo Family tell you about it themselves.
“Gatta Farm is the place where we run a dedicated specialty program. Daye Bensa’s Gatta Farm is at the heart of Shantawene Village, in Sidama Bensa, Ethiopia. It sits at an altitude of 2120 – 2210m in the midst of a natural forest. The site is surrounded by indigenous trees, which are older than 100 years, waterfalls, and rivers. One of the rivers separates Shantawene from Bombe and runs from the hills above Keramo. Gatta Farm has been named after a waterfall which crosses the farm.
Gatta Farm was a natural forest before being discovered by the cofounder Mulugeta Dukamo while managing the construction of Gafisse Station. They planted the first coffees in 2013, and established the drying station in 2017. The vegetation and forest surrounding the farm is useful as natural shade for the farm and the drying station. Plantation, harvesting and processing works are mainly done by the local residents. Also women are involved and are mainly assigned to quality control and processing, except for labor intensive tasks. By offering working opportunities and proper wage this is a real benefit for the local residents.
Daye Bensa’s Gatta Farm isn’t only a farm, it consists of a drying station, a lodge and a training facility. During harvesting season, the drying station becomes active and also offers accommodations for employees or trainees until the training has ended. The training facility offers training in coffee processing for interested individuals.” - Daye Bensa Coffee
Single variety anaerobic lots are somewhat common in Colombia or Costa Rica, but almost never seen in Ethiopia. There’s an incredibly small amount of people producing coffee like this in Ethiopia and we’re happy to be partners with one of them. This lot is dense with higher concentrations of smaller screen sizes (down to screen size 13) than is typical even for Ethiopian coffees which are often small when compared to some other growing regions. In the cup, this Anaerobic Natural from Gatta Farm isn’t a daily drinker, it’s refined and dynamic, and is worth drinking s l o w l y.