Epic. Seasonal. Crafted.
The Nefas farm is located in the Sidama region, about 514 km from Ethiopia’s capital city Addis Ababa. The farm started to produce coffee in early 2000 and consists of 200 hectares planted with coffee trees. The soil is predominantly loamy and the farm area is covered by a dense forest. All coffee is 100% shade grown.
As is typical of naturally processed coffee in Africa, the ripe, red cherries are put on drying beds directly after picking. These coffees are turned on the beds more regularly than wet processed coffees as natural coffees are prone to mould. Luckily, the location is very open and breezy, which helps with homogenous drying of the cherries. The raised beds allow for airflow around the coffee, further assisting the drying process, are more accessible for workers and up clear of the ground – there are very few drying patios in Africa, and the raised bed drying solution is becoming the preferred method in many quality producing areas around the world.
The smell of the cherries is very fruity and reminiscent of raisins. This year, because the heavy rains, the screen size of the beans is somewhat 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 Coffee awards.
A classic natural profile of winey, stone fruits, low acidity, dark chocolate & great body. Superb espresso.
Producer: Assefa Gebede & local small holders
Location: Oromia, Ethiopia
Varietal: Mixed Heirloom
Process: Natural, dried on raised beds