Sidama Bensa – Regional washed

People

Daye Bensa operates multiple Washingstations throughout Sidama Bensa, and has commercial relationships with dozens of others. We source this regional Sidama Bensa grade 2 from stock lots offered by Daye Bensa, which are blended and bulked lots from numerous of these stations. We apply strict selection criteria when sourcing our Sidama Bensa grade 2 regional community coffee, to ensure a stable cup profile from year to year.

Daye Bensa is a coffee export company, founded by the brothers Asefa and Mulugeta Dukamo, in 2006. Asefa and Mulugeta have lots of experience, and started out as coffee suppliers in the Sidama area. The younglings of the family have also joined the company as Daye Bensa started to grow, and now Gentlemen like Kenean, schooled in the USA work at commerce and finance, and Eliyas on Quality. This high spirited family company supplies us now for the third year, and we are already planning for the fourth. .

The company works with various communities of outgrowers with whom the organise cherry production. Daye Bensa works with multiple washingstation in Sidamoa Bensa area, most of which we are still to explore. For the past 5 years, we have worked with their washingstation; Shantawene, Keramo, and Bombe but Daye Bensa has many more gems to explore.

This year, we undertook an expedition by cup and spoon, of multiple new and exciting stations, Daye Bensa has to offer, and we are proud to announce we have found amazing new profiles under the Bensa sun. We will be working with some new stations going forward, among which:

  • Hamasho: Keramo’s neighbour station Hamasho boasts an amazing intensity in cup profile. With altitudes up to 2360 meter above sea level, one of our highest growing coffees.
  • Segera station, to the south east of bombe. In this station Daye Bensa practised dry fermentation of washed coffee, which creates an amazingly tropical profile of orange, passion fruit and peach. An amazing addition in terms of diversity.

Daye Bensa also runs a dedicated specialty coffee producing farm, called Gata farm at the heart of Shantawene Village, in the midst of natural forest and indigenous trees which are expected to be older than 200 years. It is surrounded by rivers, one of them separating Shantawene from Bombe  which runs from the hills above Karamo. The farm grows and dries coffee, and is also supplied by registered out-grower farmers from adjacent villages. This year, we are working with Gata farm to produce among the first Ethiopian Microlots to hit the market. In this year’s assortment we present; a honey loy, an Anaerobic natural and a Natural micro lot of absolute pristine quality. read more about Gata farm, in it’s dedicated blog which we are still writing.

Last year (2020), Daye Bensa won the 7th place in the Cup of Excellence with their Assefa Dukamo Korma Natural, grown on Gatta farm and processed in Shantawene station. This year, Assefa Dukamo of Daye Bensa is participating with a washed Hamasho coffee. While writing this blog he is among the 150 competitors still in the race for 1st place. We wish him all the best. If you haven’t had Hamasho washed yet, this is your chance. it is on our list!

Read more about Daye Bensa, and their experience in the Cup of Excellence, in our blog series. New edition coming up soon!

Price

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Planet

All of the coffees coming from Daye Bensa, our exporter are certified with Organic Certifications, namely:

  • UTZ certification: UTZ certified coffee is traceable from producer to roaster to consumer.
  • NOP certification is needed for those who want to export their products to the US labelled as 100% organic. More information: here.
  • EC – EU declaration of conformity
  • JAS – Japanese Organic Regulation
  • RainForest Alliance: The RainForest Alliance is an international non-profit organization working at the intersection of business, agriculture, and forests to make responsible business the new normal, to protect forests, improve the livelihoods of farmers and forest communities, promote their human rights, and help them mitigate and adapt to the climate crisis.
  • In 2020 Daye Bensa received the organic certification for exporting fully organic crops next year!

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