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Basha Bekele

Landrace - Natural - Basha Bekele

Regular price $21.00 USD
Regular price Sale price $21.00 USD
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Tastes Like: Cantaloupe, Passionfruit, Blueberries

Origin: Sidama, Bensa, Bombe, Ethiopia

Variety: 74158

Producer: Basha Bekele

Elevation: 2210 masl

Process: Natural

Before the government made it possible for smallholders to obtain export
licenses, both he and his father sold their cherry to the cooperative. Basha now has his own export license and grows
coffee (primarily 74158, known locally as “Walega”) in semi-forested plots on 12 hectares in addition to operating
collection sites in Bombe, Shantawane, and Kokose—collecting cherry from producers growing coffee as high as 2300
masl. While cherry prices were high this year, Basha maintained a practice we didn’t see everywhere: delivering a second
payment to the 126 producers he bought cherry from once the coffee sold. Like most smallholders around Bensa, Basha
exclusively produces dry processes—which includes experiments with anaerobic styles of fermentation—and practices
cherry flotation before drying his coffee slowly on raised beds (with some preparations drying under shade). This is our
first import from Basha.

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