It is a unique opportunity and a privilege to have a coffee that is traceable to a single producer in Ethiopia. Dawit Dagiso cultivates coffee at Shantawene Farm in Sidama Bensa, Sidamo. He grows a range of local landraces and JARC (Jimma Agricultural Research Centre) varieties, which have all evolved to thrive in Ethiopia’s climatic conditions.
Dawit inherited his farm in the 1990s and has gone on to raise his own family on the farm. Today, his two adult children help with the farm tasks, especially during the height of harvesting season. Dawit uses sustainable agroforestry practices to cultivate coffee and his farm is organic-by-default. In addition to coffee, he also grows false banana (enset), fruit trees and legumes. Fruit and timber trees provide shade for growing coffee and legumes fix nitrogen in the soil, a vital nutrient for growing all plants.
Dawit selectively handpicks ripe, red coffee cherries and processes it on Shantawene farm. He lays the cherries on raised beds to sun dry and turns them with a rake frequently to ensure even drying. It takes approximately 2 to 3 weeks for the cherries to dry. Once dry, Dawit bags the cherries and stores the lots in a warehouse on the farm for about 5 months before it’s transported to the dry mill for processing.
Through the Lalisaa Project, Dawit has earned an additional $1.87AUD per kilogram which will go towards improving his farming practices and long term income. This is approximately 20% more than he would have earned through the usual commodities exchange model.
In The Cup
STRAWBERRY, PEACH, MANGO, BLACK TEA.