Who: Gatta Daye Bensa Farm, Asefa Dukamo Korma
Region: Sidama, Bensa, Shantawene Village, Odako Kembele
Ethiopia | Odaco | Whole Bean
This is an extremely exciting micro lot from the Sidamo region of Ethiopia. It's a high altitude, naturally processed coffee from a farm known for producing extremely high scoring coffees, often entered into competition and earning various awards. Find out more about the Shantawene people below, who this coffee was named after, or simply make up a brew and enjoy the delicious fruits of their labor. Peach, papaya, lavender, bergamot.
Odaco. This micro lot was named to reflect the powerful culture of the Shantawene, Sidama people. Odaco is a popular tree name in Shentawene, Bensa. The Odaco tree is where the Shantawene community meets under the tree to resolve the conflicts in the area. There is a similar tradition in other parts of Ethiopia as well for example (in the Oromo, known locally known as "oda"). The coffee is sourced from 563 Daye Bensa member farmers from the Shantawene area and the Gatta Daye Bensa Farm.
Daye Bensa micro-lots are a limited production. This approach helps them to focus on the quality of the beans. As soon as the coffee is received it gets sorted by floating and picking out the ripe cherries every 15 minutes to ensure uniformity of drying. At Daye Bensa traceability is extremely important for their micro-lots. The record keeping book is carefully handled and separation is key to guarantee the highest level of quality. From arrival, the coffee are all kept separate throughout drying, processing and storage, with labels stating the delivery dates, farm name, lot number, and other details relating to that particular lot. Daye Bensa is a particularly "community" oriented business delivering additional bonus payment to the farmers based on the volume they contribute to the micro-lots and they reward consistency year in year out. This year they are also rewarding their works at the farm for the crucial role they have during the drying process. And lastly, they are constantly working with the schools in local villages, providing materials for the students that struggle with their basic needs such as note pads or pens.