Demeka Becha site is situated at the top of a hill, which is ideal for airflow along the drying beds. The Demeka Becha site is owned by Ayele Tulu, a Sidama man who is deeply integrated into the local area of Bona Zuria. His son, Tsegab Ayele, manages the project.
The heart, perhaps the true engine of the family, is Genet Haile Endeshow, Tsegab’s mother and Ayele’s wife. She fills up their lives and the home with her warmth, and her embrace expands to include everyone who has the privilege of working with the family and their coffee producing sites. She’ll make you a killer doro wat (chicken stew), which is served to honor guests in Ethiopia, and follow it up with traditional Ethiopian buna (coffee), served on her porch below the flowering vines that shade it even in the heat of midday.
Demeka Becha site buys cherries from nearby communities including Dilla Suke, Demeka, Goacho, Becha, and Bashiro Dale—close to 10,000 producers are situated in the areas surrounding the washing station. Producers bring their cherries to be weighed on the blue scale, logged in the book by Cashier and General Manager, Alemu Gobaro, and floated before being dumped into the cement hopper to begin the journey through the 4-disk Agard pulper and into fermentation tanks and cement washing channels. There are 10 tanks for density grades 1 and 2, and 2 tanks for low-density coffee destined for our Community Lot program if it meets our standard, or for the local market.
Following fermentation and washing, the parchment coffee is carried by hand to the drying beds where laborers spread it out to the depth of a fingertip and keep it turning until it is dried and moved to the locked storehouse to await trucking to Addis Ababa and final processing. This is another beautiful Farm Gate coffee.
Cupping Notes: Ruby red grapefruit juice, cranberry juice cocktail, riesling, ginger liqueur, and dried honeysuckle notes
Brew Recommendations: Drip, French Press, and pour-over.
Farm Gate Coffee: Farmers paid at least 50% above Fair Trade
Varietal: Heirloom Cultivars
Region: Bona Zuria, Sidama
Altitude: 2100 – 2200 meters
Process: Wet process (washed) and sun-dried on raised beds
Equity Pricing (EP) Levels
Sustaining Level: $16 per 12 oz bag (check out subscriptions for deep discounts) | More info below
Uplifting Level: $20 per 12 oz bag (check out subscriptions for deep discounts) | More info below
Benefacting Level: $24 per 12 oz bag (check out subscriptions for deep discounts) | More info below