ISRAEL DEGFA, Bale Mountain Natural
An unusual single farm lot to excite your taste buds. Crammed with flavours of strawberry and tropical fruits, bergamot and a honey-like sweetness.
CULTIVAR: Heirloom Varieties
LOCATION: West Arsi Zone, Oromia
ALTITUDE: 2,000 masl
Owned by Israel Degfa, this farm is situated in an isolated region of Bale Mountain which is difficult to access by road due to the treacherous terrain. This area of West Arsi is not as commonly associated with coffee as some of the as others in the south, but there is a lot of development here.
As well as a focus on improving quality in his own farms and washing stations, Israel and his company also offer micro finance to farmers they work with, to help them achieve quality premiums. They also contribute to the communities which they work in through social projects, such as building primary schools which provide access to education for children who would otherwise have to walk for two or three hours a day to get to school.
The coffee is grown in a forest area with rich soil containing plenty of forest humus. The naturals are processed right there on the farm, providing a level of traceability which is very unusual for Ethiopia.