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Daye Does It Again | Ethiopian Coffee | Bakers Choc, Raspberry, Jammy, Honey | Filter coffee

Discover premium Ethiopian coffee from Daye Bensa Coffee Company , sourced from Sidama & Bombe and Roasted by Groundstate Coffee Roasters in the heart Dublin. With a cupping score of 87, it's a fast-moving, quality brew. Available both online and in-store for coffee enthusiasts in Ireland.

Washing Station: Kontema Station

Owner : Asefa Dukamo

Varietals : JARC Selection 74110 & 74112

Processing: Natural

Altitude : 2,100to 2,300 meters above sea level

Farms : 1,022 smallholder producers

Town : Bombe

Region: Sidama

Country: Ethiopia

Total size of farm : Less than 5 hectares on average

Located in the famous Sidama coffee region of Ethiopia.The Kontema station works directly with over a thousand small producers to mill coffee for export.Daye Bensa, the exporting organization in Ethiopia, provides assistance to producers to sell their coffee.

The owner of the mill, Asefa Dukamo, was introduced to coffee at a young age as his parents were cultivating coffee and other garden crops. In his teens, he began to supply neighboring coffee washing stations with cherries purchased from nearby relatives and villagers in addition to his own family’s farm. He realized that there were not many washing stations nearby, and he had to travel great distances to deliver his coffee.
Thus began the idea to construct his own washing station to reduce the travel time for coffee producers in his region.

In 1997, he constructed a washing station in the Girja village , less than one mile from his parents’ house. The following year, another washing station was constructed in Eltama, 30 kms from Girja. Dukamo then moved to the Daye town in the Bensa district, setting up the mother washing station called Qonqana

Eventually,a dry mill was added to provide facilities for naturally processed coffees. Asefa’s younger brother, Mulugeta Dukamo, is the co founder of Daye Bensa Coffee exporters, and played a key role in the expansion of the washing stations.

Today, Daye Bensa operates in six woredas: Bensa, Bura, Chabe, Hoko (Girja), Aroressa and Chire with 20 washing stations, five mills and three coffee farms.
As well as coffee, producers in the region will plant other crops such as sugarcane, a variety of fruits and “Inset” a common indigenous plant that can be prepared as food in different forms.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 due to high certification costs, as farmers simply do not have the money to apply chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides

Producers working with the Kontema Station face a number of obstacles when growing coffee. This includes a lack of access to electricity, water, telecommunication, and road access. In addition, producers in the region suffer from reduced exposure to knowledge on the best coffee farming practices which can directly impact yield and quality.

Fortunately, Daye Bensa has been working to combat these challenges, initiating their “Back to the Community” projects. So far, projects have included the building of roads to connect villages, installing electricity transformers and supplying producers with training in coffee plantation etiquette and better agricultural practices.

Daye Bensa has numerous goals outlined for the coming years including an
improvement on agricultural training and the construction of a Health Facility for producers and families. The impact the Dukamo family has on the region is significant due to the many farmsthey have been able to reach – educating youths about coffee production and connecting producers to global coffee markets.

For processing, the journey begins with only the ripest cherries being selectively handpicked. Once collected , the cherries are delivered to the mill to be sorted based on density and quality. This process is carried out by submerging the cherries in tanks and removing the floating cherries prior to drying. After sorting, the cherries are then moved to traditional raised beds lined with mesh nets. There are 176 beds here to accommodate the amount of coffee to dry from the producers. Once here, the cherries are rotated every 30 minutes to ensure even drying and to prevent over fermentation. Drying typically takes about 12 - 15 days dependingon the temperature and humidity. Once at the mill, the coffee is hulled via machine before being packed.


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