Pomegranate, Caramello, Starfruit, Silky

Location: Oromia

Varietal: Heirloom

Process: Natural

Elevation: 1600-1700 masl


The Nefas farm is located in the Sidama region, about 514 km from Ethiopia’s capital city Addis Ababa. The farm started to produce co ee in early 2000 and consists of 200 hectares planted with co ee trees. The soil is predominantly loamy and the farm area is covered by a dense forest. All co ee is 100% shade grown. At the washing station, the washed co ees are pulped with an Agared machine. This is a pulper that has no mucilage remover. The co ee beans are fermented for about 35-48 hours in fermentation tanks, depending on the climate at that moment. There are 3 lagoons for waste water. Subsequently, co ee is dried between 9 and 15 days on elevated beds. In order to produce natural co ees, the ripe, red cherries are put on drying beds directly after picking. These co ees are turned on the beds more regularly than wet processed co ees as natural co ees are prone to mold. Luckily, the location is very open and breezy, which helps with homogenous drying of the cherries. The smell of the cherries is very fruity and reminiscent of raisins. This year, because the heavy rains, the screen size of the co ees will be larger. The farm employs between 150-200 seasonal workers and about 50 permanent workers. Accommodation, free food and medical care are all provided to the workers. The farm won 1st place in the 2011 African Fine Co ee awards.

This is now the second time we have bought this co ee from our ne friends over at Trabocca. They have been bringing this co ee to the states and to europe for the past 5 years, and boy are we happy they do. It is one of the best Natural Ethiopians we have tasted to date, and this round just seems to be better than the last. Not fermenty tasting at all. Just big dark in our face fruit with lots of clarity still in the cup. This was a big favorite on espresso in our bar the last time round, and we are sure it will be now as well. 

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