Catalyst has worked for several years with the producers of Shantawene, the first season beginning in 2015. Shantawene village is situated between the village of Bombe and the Bombe mountain. The producers are part of a member organization consisting of 667 producers in various parts of the mountain range, which also include producers from Bombe and Keramo. Work started with the group since before it was officially founded. For the last two years, these member producers deliver their coffee cherries to the Bombe Washing Station for processing to new quality specifications. Catalyst always anticipates every lot from Shantawene each year, as they are to them the quintessential Ethiopian coffee – full of dynamic herbals and sparkling acidity, with articulate fruits. Like Keramo, it is a dense coffee, with heaviest concentrations comprised of the smaller screen sizes (the majority of the coffee screen sizes at 14-15). The larger screen sizes are a treat for the very few roasters who get them. In screens 16 and 17, we find heavy concentrations of fruit juice and lovely tea-like subtleties that the smaller screen sizes tend to hide with heavy handed perfumes.
Prior to the 2017/18 harvest, this producing group delivered coffee cherries to a different washing station nearby, called Shantawene washing station, where the coffee was first encountered and purchased as mixed lots. Up until the 2017/2018 harvest, all coffees from Bombe, Keramo and Shantawene villages were processed together and sold under the name of Shantawene. We were noticing different cup dynamics from the cherries that came from different areas, and eventually began to isolate coffees by village. This led to the move to Bombe site washing station and getting even more isolation in the lots. For the past couple seasons, all producers we work with from Shantawene, Bombe and Keramo all deliver cherries to the more centralized Bombe Station.