Often referred to as “The Mother Station” by the locals, Bombe Qonqona Station is located in Bombe, Ethiopia. Managed by Asefa Dukamo Korma, the site sits at an elevation of 1,910 – 2,010 m.a.s.l and processes Washed, Honey and Natural coffees. Approximately 1,020 farmers contribute their cherries to this site, mostly with 74110 and 74112 varieties.
The Natural lot is immediately placed to dry on raised beds, with continuous movement for a uniform drying. Depending on the weather, this process might take from 16-21 days. The Honey lot are de-pulped and immediately placed to dry on raised beds, with continuous movement over the course of 15-20 days for a uniform drying. The Washed lot is traditionally wet-fermented, with an Anaerobic fermentation in sealed tanks for around 36 and 72 hours, and then rinsed in water tunnels for later being placed to dry on African beds for about 12 to 15 days.
Named after the river down below that runs through the Washing station, Bombe Qonqana is the largest and also the oldest station managed by Daye Bensa, and the starting point for them as well!
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 Qonqana, over the past 5 years, both in the US and Europe, we have worked with some of their other washing stations, notably: Hamasho, Bombe Abore and Keramo.
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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