Farm: Halo Beriti Washing Station
Variety: Dega, Wolisho, 74110, and 74158
A Classic Yirgacheffe coffee. Jasmine and Ginger blossom-like floral notes mingle with lemon and lime zest in the bouquet. Flavors of apricot and citrus blossoms, fading to green tea in the finish.
In the heart of the Yirgacheffe Kebele, you will find Halo Beriti. A new washing and drying station managed by Abeyot Ageze. Abeyot is a born and bred Gedeo coffee grower. Generations of Ageze’s made a living by tending the rich Yirgacheffe soil. In Abeyot’s backyard, a small coffee farm, you find enset, potato’s and cereal crops, and of course coffee.
Like most coffee growers in his neighborhood, Abeyot grows Dega, Wolisho varieties, plus two Jimma Agricultural Research Center bred cultivars, 74110 and 74158. His small coffee farm lies next to the washing and drying station. Because besides farming coffee, he is the operational manager at the site.
The washing and drying station
The Halo Beriti washing and drying station collects cherries from 520 neighboring smallholders. The average grower plots are no larger than a hectare, and they sit at heights ranging between 1900 and 2150 m.a.s.l. On these plots or production gardens, farmers grow avocado, enset, soya beans, and sugar cane besides their coffee trees. Polyculture is the norm in these highlands.