Hamasho Station is located in the Hamasho Kebele or Village and is part of the Bensa area, in Sidama, Ethiopia. Managed by Asefa Dukamo Korma, the site sits at an elevation of 1,920 – 2,020 m.a.s.l and is dedicated to producing both Natural and Washed coffees. Hamasho or “Serpent”, translated to English, works with over 600 farmers who contribute with their cherries, mostly with 74158 Variety.
The Washed Hamasho is traditionally wet fermented for between 36 and 72 hours, and then dried on African beds for about 12 to 15 days. During peak sun, the beds are covered to prevent over-drying. The Naturals undergo a similar process, being placed to dry immediately after they arrive at the site in African beds for 16 to 21 days.
With its mix of rainy and sunny days, the Hamasho region really benefits from its microclimate conditions. In addition, due to the warmer days and cooler nights from such a high elevation, the beans develop slowly and are very dense, with higher concentrations of the smaller screen sizes (the majority of the coffee screen sizes at 13-14).
Established in 1996 as producers, Daye Bensa has lived through all the turmoils that coffee growing and exporting entails in the region. Nowadays, they are a reference of excellence and resilience in Ethiopia and work with various communities of out-growers from whom they receive cherries. They work with multiple washing stations in the Bensa, Sidama area, including some of which they own.
In addition to Hamasho, over the past 5 years, both in the US and Europe, we have worked with some of their other washing stations, notably: Keramo, Bombe, and Elala. Daye Bensa is no stranger to quality and has learned how to produce high-quality coffees: in 2020, they won 7th place in the COE, in 2021 8th place, and in 2022, 2nd place!
This is our third year working with Daye Bensa, and we are extremely excited to develop this relationship!
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