650 smallholder farmers organized around Asefa Dukale | Arroressa Mill
Indigenous heirloom cultivars
Dembi, Bensa, Sidama Zone, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region (SNNPR), Ethiopia
October – January
Fully washed and dried on raised beds
Ethiopia Sidamo 2 Top Arroressa Lot 1 Grainpro is sourced from more than 650 farmers living in Dembi a village near the Bensa District of the Sidama Zone within the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples' Regional State, Ethiopia. Farmers deliver ripe cherries to the Arroressa mill (washing station) which is owned and operated by Asefa Dukale. Ripe cherries are carefully sorted and pulped. After pulping, the beans are fermented for 36 to 48 hours 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 10 to 12 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.