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About this Farm
- Located in Gedeo zone of the Gedeb district, Worka Chelbesa is one of the finest coffee producing areas within the famous Gedeb Woreda. Known for its dense layered semi-forest vegetation structure with false banana trees providing shade for coffee plantings, Chelbesa is a great example of an ideal coffee growing envirionment.
SNAP Specialty Coffee built their new wet mill in 2019 in a small hamlet called Danche within the Chelbesa Village with the goal of purchasing exclusively red cherries from the nearby farmers. Their ambition became a reality after completion of the project. The fermentation tanks of the wet mill were constructed from ceramic for its ability to retain heat, which helps bring clarity to the coffee by increasing speed up fermentation.
- Coffee is ancient in Ethiopia, but coffee farming is not. By the end of the 9th Century coffee was actively being cultivated in Ethiopia as food, but probably not as a beverage. It was the Arab world that developed brewing. Even as coffee became an export for Ethiopia in the late 1800’s, Ethiopian coffee was the result of gathering rather than agricultural practices. A hundred years ago, plantations, mostly in Harar, were still the exception, while “Kaffa” coffee from the southwest was still harvested wild. In 1935, William Ukers wrote: “Wild coffee is also known as Kaffa coffee, from one of the districts where it grows most abundantly in a state of nature. The trees grow in such profusion that the possible supply, at a minimum of labor in gathering, is practically unlimited. It is said that in south-western Abyssinia there are immense forests of it that have never been encroached upon except at the outskirts.”
How to Brew this Coffee
- Use our brew guides for help dialing your coffee in with virtually any brew method here!
What is a "Washed Processed" Coffee?
(This video is of coffee grown in Peru, but the processing remains almost the same in every coffee growing region)
What's all that info on the bag mean?
From seed to cup
- Here's a short video on how coffee comes from the farmers all over the world to your cup!