Keramo Station, in Bensa, Ethiopia

Keramo Station is located in the Keramo 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 2,260 – 2,360 m.a.s.l, high up in the beautiful mountains of Sidama, and is dedicated to producing both Natural and Washed coffees. More than 380 farmers contribute with their cherries in this site, mostly with 74158 Variety.

This Natural lot is dried on raised beds that are 25 meters long. During this drying process, the cherries are constantly moved to ensure a uniform drying process. Depending on the weather, this process might take from 16-21 days. The Washed lot undergoes a traditional wet-fermentation for between 36 and 72 hours, and then dried on African beds for about 12 to 15 days, depending on the weather.

A World-Class station...

Sitting at its high elevation, Keramo site has awarded Daye Bensa with prestigious Cup of Excellence awards in 2020, 2021 and 2022. This has built a reputation in the region for producing some of the best coffees in all of Ethiopia. 

Established in 1996 as producers, Daye Bensa has lived through all the turmoils that coffee growing and exporting entails in the region. Daye Bensa works with various communities of out-growers from whom they receive cherries and work with multiple washing stations in the Bensa, Sidama area, including some of which they own. In addition to Keramo, over the years, in both the US and Europe, we have worked with some of their other washing stations, notably: Shantawene, Hamasho, and Bombe. Fun Fact: the producers who deliver cherry to the Keramo Washing Station are actually neighbors to the farmers who deliver to the Hamasho Station. As such, we have also seen quite interesting profiles out of Hamasho as well!

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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