Washing station: kabira
Producer: mustefa abakeno
Altitude: 2040 masl
Mustefa Abakeno is a smallholder farmer who owns 18 hectares of land near Agaro in the Jimma region of western Ethiopia. Agaro in the Oromiya region with a population of 28,268 is a city in Ethiopia, 265 km southwest of Addis Ababa, the capital of the country. The farm with the wet mill is located at an altitude of 2040 m above sea level. m. and is planted with various selections of varieties from the Jimma Research Center. Mustefa recently registered as an exporter to start selling his coffee directly to buyers, which is now possible thanks to changes in regulations in Ethiopia
He has set up a small wet mill where he processes coffee from his farm and from growers, which he stores separately and dries on raised beds near his house. All of Mustef’s growers are neighbors and each of them has between 4 and 10 hectares of land. It processes both natural and washed coffee and dries it all in partial shade.
In 2021, he expanded his team with agronomist Haruna. During this last harvest, Harun focused primarily on training and supporting Mustefa and the local farmers who bring their cherries to the washing station. Harun improved the processes at the washing station: he installed shade nets to cover the drying beds during the hottest hours of the day; introduction of cherry picking at the point of delivery; marking the daily doses so that they are separated and that the humidity is monitored throughout the drying phase, ensuring even drying. Mustefa also has a small field laboratory and in 2020 purchased a state-of-the-art Sinar moisture meter to ensure that all parchment dried at the stations reaches the same moisture level before being stored in the warehouse. Harun judged and graded the lots, compiling them based on quality and profile. He is currently training farmers in good agricultural practices to improve the quality and productivity of their coffee. In 2020, Mustefa acquired a second Kabira washing station, which will receive cherries from local producers. Due to subtle differences in location and microclimate, Beshasha is now almost exclusively processed with washed lots, while Kabira, which has more space for drying beds, is more suitable for natural processing.