Unroasted raw green coffee beans

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Farm: Tomas Graorama – Shantawina
Location: Bensa Woreda, Sidama
Varietal: Heirloom
Process: Natural
Altitude: 2100masl
Cup Score: 88
Cup profile: Lemonade, mixed red berries, pineapple, blood orange, vibrant and tropical.

This lot comes from producer Tomas Graraoma from the Shantawane farm in the Bensa area of Sidama.

Tomas used to work for the government in the Bensa Woreda financial office before turning his attention to coffee farming after inheriting some producing land from his father. He has been cultivating coffee on his farm since 2011 and gained his export licence in 2020. Unlike most smallholders in the area, Tomas processes his coffee on his own drying station which gives him full control of the quality, from harvest through to storage.

He has a full time staff of just 3 and employs a further 40 during the harvest months of late September to the end of December.

The main varietal Tomas grows is 74158. Coffee grows over a 4 hectare area under the canopy of native shade trees which keeps the soil fertile and rich in nutrients.

As a younger man, Tomas was one of the Sidama freedom fighters in the early 2000s.