650 coffee producers organized around the Bensa Washing Station
Indigenous heirloom cultivars
Bensa, Sidama Zone, Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples' Region (SNNPR), Ethiopia
October - January
1950 – 2030 meters
Fully washed, 36-48 hour fermentation, dried on raised beds for 12-15 days
Ethiopia Sidama 1 Bensa GrainPro is sourced from 650 family-owned farms organized around the Bensa washing station located in Bensa a woreda located in the Sidama Zone within the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples' Region (SNNPR) State, Ethiopia. Producers deliver ripe cherries to Bensa mill every day during the harvest season. At the washing station coffee is carefully sorted, pulped, fermented, and then washed. The wet beans in parchment are placed on raised drying beds in thin layers and turned every 2 to 3 hours during the first few days of the drying process. Depending on weather, the beans are dried for 12 to 15 days until the moisture in the coffee beans is reduced to 11.5 percent. Then the beans are transported to Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, to be milled and bagged prior to export.