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Sasaba Kercha, Ethiopia (Washed) Mabo roastery

Original price Dhs. 83.00 - Original price Dhs. 83.00
Original price
Dhs. 83.00
Dhs. 83.00 - Dhs. 83.00
Current price Dhs. 83.00

The road to the Sasaba Washing Station

Head south on the Addis Ababa-Moyale highway, keep going past Yirgacheffe and drive through the otherworldly cloud-crowned mountains of the area, and you’ll eventually make it to the bustling little town of Bule Hora.
It is around this fertile area of Kercha district that Tsegay Hagos Tesfaye, founder and owner of Sasaba, has established two washing stations and mills – one of which is Sasaba.
Equipped with a large pulper and over 600 African drying beds, Sasaba processes coffee received from over 500 smallholders working in the hills surrounding the wet mill. Like much of Kercha, the small plots of land around Sasaba sit at high altitudes around the 2000-meter mark.

The Sasaba smallholders

The Sasaba smallholders are a mix of Gedeo and Guji farmers, many of whom have lived here for generations, growing coffee next to each other. Similar to the rest of Kercha district, most of the farmers identify as Protestant Christians in this area. Their coffee grows on the slopes of the hills around Sasaba shaded by a mix of existing forest trees and those planted by the farmers, such as enset (false banana) trees.

Premiums for quality coffee

The Sasaba mill makes it a point to work with the more experienced farmers in the area. These are farmers that have been well-trained and have proven that they consistently produce high-quality coffee. Working alone, it would be harder for these farmers to market and sell their coffee. In the past, they would have sold their freshly picked red cherries directly to private traders in the area at low rates.
“Sasaba does not grow alone” Tsegay Hagos Tesfaye.
Tsegay Hagos knows that the success of the Sasaba mill is closely tied to that of the smallholders. “Sasaba does not grow alone”, he says, adding, “We support our farmers and train them, so they can one day export their own coffee.” The company has a very close relationship with the farmers who works with, always ready to lend a helping hand – whether it means transportation for medical emergencies or loans during the lean months of the rainy season.

Processing at Sasaba

At Sasaba washing station, the red cherries are collected from late October until December and brought to the Sasaba washing station. Cherries, intended for washed processing, are processed on-site and fermented for about 48 to 72 hours before they are placed on the drying beds for around 7 to 8 days.