Beshasha Lot #1 - Ethiopia


It's a privilege to stock coffee from Mustefa Abakeno again this year as his lot from last year was amongst our most popular offerings. Mustefa seems to be doing something quite different with Ethiopian coffee. New varietals and a fastidious approach to processing have resulted in some truly delicious coffee. 

In the cup, you can expect hints of bergamot, caramel, plums and dark chocolate but what makes this coffee really distinctive is the uncharacteristic body. We're talking HUGE mouthfeel here. Rounded, syrupy sweet coffee that will keep you coming back for more, however you like to brew. 

Origin:  Agaro, Jimma Zone, Western Ethiopia

Varietals: 74110, 74112, Heirloom

Processing: Washed

Q Score: 87.25 (what's this?)

You can get more sensory information about the coffee by looking at the diagrams in the images above. If you need to know how these work, just click here.

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Want to know more about this coffee? Read on......

From the importer: Falcon Speciality.

Mustefa Abakeno is a smallholder with 18 hectares of land near Agaro in the Jimma Zone of Western Ethiopia. His farm is located at 2,040masl and is planted with coffee varieties from the Jimma research centre.

Mustefa only registered as an exporter in 2018 in order to sell his coffee directly to buyers, which he was able to do after changes to the regulations that year. The small wet mill he set up (called Beshasha) is used to process his own and outgrowers’ coffee, which he keeps separate and dries on raised beds near his house. Mustefa’s outgrowers are all neighbours and each have between 4 and 10 hectares of land. With the support of the Falcon team in Addis Ababa, we are able to work directly with small producers such as Mustefa.

We see a huge opportunity to improve quality through direct relationships, as we are able to work with the producers on cherry selection, drying and farm management. We are also able to make the supply chain more efficient and so maximise the money going back to the producers.

In 2021, Falcon Addis added an agronomist to their team, Harun. Harun’s primary focus during this last harvest has been to train and support Mustefa and the local farmers that bring their cherries to the washing station. Harun has been improving processes at the washing station: installing shade netting to cover drying beds during the hottest hours of the day; instigating cherry selection at the delivery point; tagging day lots in order to keep them separate and monitor moisture content throughout the drying phase, ensuring even drying before the lots are assembled.

Mustefa has a small field lab and in 2020 he bought a high-spec Sinar moisture reader to ensure that all the parchment dried in the stations was reaching the same moisture level before being stored in the warehouse. Harun has been assessing and grading the dried day-lots, putting them together based on quality and cupping profile. He is currently training farmers in good agricultural practices (GAP) in order to improve the quality and productivity of their coffee gardens.In 2020, Mustefa acquired a second washing station, Kabira, to receive cherries from local producers. Due to subtle differences in location and microclimate, Beshasha now almost exclusively processes washed lots, while Kabira, which has more space for drying beds, is more suited to processing naturals. This is why we have renamed the lots after the washing stations where they were processed.

Remember! - Shipping by DPD is FREE on orders which contain more than 1kg of coffee. You can mix and match varieties and bag sizes however you please. Single 250g bags go by Royal Mail 24 Large Letter Post and cost £1.95. To see all shipping options, click here.

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