Lot # ET-2020-504
This is a super classic washed coffee from eastern Yirgacheffe. Foge is a washing station, but they also have a newly planted farm in the area. They practice organic production, but they are not certified by us this year. The coffee is traditionally produced with depulping, wet fermentation and sun-dried on raised beds. They have lately transformed their production from conventional to specialty.
We started to work with this family in 2019. They are a producer family living in Yirgacheffe town, and have six washing stations in Yirgacheffe and Guji. The family’s export business, Kanketi Coffee, was founded by their father. The siblings Tsedenia and Fikadu both grew up in Yirgacheffe, immersed in coffee their entire lives.
This second generation has a new vision and is exploring ways to improve the business and the livelihoods of the farmers it serves. The coffees have wonderful potential and can taste great. As this coffee rests and develops it can be a great value as a classic floral filter or baseline espresso as it have the very traditional and classic Yirgacheffe profile.
About the supplier: Kanketi
Two years ago we began a collaboration with Kanketi, a family run business in Yirgacheffe, that manages six washing stations and a private farm of 85 hectares.
Kanketi Coffee export is managed and run by siblings Tsedenia and Fikadu Abayneh. Tsedenia studied marketing and worked for other companies before she joined Kanketi full time in 2017. She manages administration and customer relations, and divides her time between Addis and the family home in Yirgacheffe during the season. She is an aspiring film maker, while also being deeply involved in her family’s business.
Fikadu Kanketi manages the production and quality control at the stations. He has been involved in the family business for a long time, but only began working full time for the company in 2015.
Kanketi Coffee export was founded by their father, and Tsedenia and Fikadu both grew up in Yirgacheffe, immersed in coffee their entire lives. This second generation has a new vision and is exploring ways to improve the business and the livelihoods of the farmers it serves.
About the farm
Wedeykejima is the name of the village where the farm was founded in 2010, located in Eastern Yirgacheffe close to the Abaya Lake. The village sits at an altitude of 1800 masl, it has volcanic soil, slight warm and dry microclimate and is divided into two lots growing two varieties: 74112 (highland variety) and 1377 (a local variety planted in 1974). Coffees from the Foge farm are processed as naturals on this specific station, which is ideal because of its cooler climate and optimal drying conditions.
Manager, Hagi Elemo, has been in coffee for 40 years and understand the needs of the 80 000 trees that he manages on this farm. He oversees the following:
- Organic farming methods
- Planting of shade trees
- Purchasing of organic material: wood chips, straw, manure etc.
- Production of their own organic compost
- Artificial pond to irrigate the farm
- Planting new trees in April to prepare it for the rainy season
- Inter cropping with banana, pees and beans.
Over half of the 85 total hectares were planted 4 years ago and have just begun producing cherries in the last year. We expect to see a larger production in the next few years. The remainder of the farm grows older trees that were planted by the land’s former owners, two farmers who respectively manage 15.7 and 8 hectares. They still manage these crops, though the land now belongs to the Kanketi family.
About the washing station
Coffee from Foge surprised us on the cupping table as being rich and velvety with a good amount of fruits and florals. Kanketi are working on identifying communities that deliver to their washing station, in order to increase traceability and farmer profitability. For now they have identified 2 main varieties: 74110 and 74112.
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Crop year: 2020
Cupping score: 86
Cupping notes: Candied lemon, dried florals, some lactic characteristics, jammy and herbal. Sweet and juicy, dense and complex.
Price: $10.85 USD / kg
Available: 30 x 60kg bag
Min. Order: 1 x 60kg bag
Warehouse: Seabridge – Belgium/EU