Changes in the Ethiopian export rules have opened new opportunities to develop relationships with vertically integrated suppliers. Royal has seized on the opportunity to work directly with BNT Industry and Trading PLC, which owns and operates a private washing station called Sukke, located in the heart of the coveted Yirgacheffe growing region. Sukke receives cherries from producers who cultivate coffee on just a few acres of land. Upon arrival, cherries are carefully hand sorted and floated to separate out less dense beans, then depulped, fermented, washed and placed on raised beds to gently reduce the moisture to 11 percent. BNT also has its own dry mill, which allows for traceability all the way through to the final export stage.