Taste:   Caramel, Orange, Jasmine
Variety:   Heirloom
Washed and dried on raised beds

Bonga Kebele, SNNRP, Keffa, Gimbo Woreda

1800 - 1850

Producer:   Smallholders


We are very excited to share this lovely coffee from the Keffa region. Sweet and crisp with notes of caramel, orange and tea-like jasmine. Great for an afternoon filter, espresso or a sweet flat white.

The area of Keffa is deeply tied to the history of coffee. Named after the former ‘Kingdom of Kaffa’ (located in the same region), Keffa is thought to be the original birthplace of all arabica coffee produced around the world today. This is highlighted in the etymology of the word, as ‘Kaffa’ is thought to be from the Arabic word ‘qahwah’, meaning "a drink from berries". At first glance, Keffa’s hills look thickly forested - but in fact, it is a heavily populated region and the hills are dotted with many dwellings and villages. This is in part due to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s 2004 voluntary resettlement programme. The project saw around 7800 families moved from overpopulated areas to less populated Woreda’s, such as Gimbo, Keffa.

In Keffa, coffee is one of the main cash crops, often known as ‘garden coffee’ – covering from half a hectare to 1.5 hectares (considered big). This is usually planted alongside a second cash crop – often a large-leafed tree used in making roofs for (and also shade provider for the coffee) known as 'false banana' (Enset). This looks like a banana tree but isn't - instead its thick stem is used to produce both a nutritious flour and a fermented paste that are staple ingredients (particularly across southern Ethiopia). Other subsistence crops planted include; sweet potato, papaya and avocado.

Income from coffee is important but minimal for most farmers due to the small size of their farms. As such, inputs are minimal – most coffee grown in the region is 100% organic, though not certified, as farmers simply don’t have the money to apply chemical fertilisers, pesticides or herbicides. Primrose ensures that there are agricultural officers who work closely with each farmer to ensure the fertility of the farmland. In fact, soon the wet mill and surrounding farmers will also be RFA and UTZ certified.

Farmers in the region are susceptible to a number of challenges, namely; an ageing generation of coffee trees, negative effects of climate change and fluctuations in the coffee market price. Climate change, in particular, is having difficult repercussions, as fluctuating season’s effects harvesting, as well as unexpected rains, increasing the length of the drying process. Fortunately, local initiatives are attempting to combat these problems. Working with agricultural development agents, farmers in the region are finding new support to help combat climate change as well as plant new coffee and shade trees, helping to improve the sustainable production of coffee in the area, as well as support the local ecosystem.

All our coffees are roasted and packed in foil-lined bags at our roastery in Penryn, Cornwall.

We roast, hand-pack and ship all orders on Monday and Thursday, including Smält Hot Chocolates, merchandise and hardware items.


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