The Shanta Golba Washing Station, built in 2015, is situated near the benevolent bulk of the Shanta Golba mountain. This classic landmark, lush and green in the rainy season prior to harvest, is the perfect microclimate for growing coffee. Like in most of Ethiopia, growers in the Bensa district are smallholders, aka “garden farmers” so called because most of them are producing coffee in the “garden” areas around their homes and often harvesting cherries from coffee occurring naturally on the land where they live. An average yearly yield in green coffee from the smaller farms is around 2-4 bags.
Our Importing Partners at Catalyst Trade pay premiums to the Producers based on best practices at the Farm Level and for exceptional cup scores along with amounts that essentially are triple the daily average wage to the laborers at the dry mill where our coffee is prepared for export.