Qoree Washing Station is located in Gera district, in the well-known coffee-growing region, Djimma. Qoree previously focused on commercial coffee production, but after being purchased by our partner, Qaqe Industrial and Trading PLC, has shifted focus to specialty coffee production.
Gera is in the highlands and gets cooler, wetter weather than other areas of Djimma. There is also more shade cover that, combined with frequent rainfall, results in well-irrigated farms producing sweet, flavorful coffees.
Most farms in Gera are grown in semi-forest systems, typically under 1 hectare. Farmers selectively handpick cherry and most deliver their cherry to Qoree washing station. At intake, cherry is floated to remove underripes and visually inspected for any damaged cherry. Cherry is pulped on the station’s disc pulper and wet fermented for 18 to 24 hours.
After fermentation, parchment is washed in clean water and moved to raised beds to dry. At the beds, workers will pick over drying parchment to remove any damaged or defective parchment. Drying parchment is turned regularly to ensure even drying. Parchment typically takes about 14 to 18 days to dry.
Lalisaa is a term used to describe something that is flourishing and growing. Our Lalisaa coffees, initiated by Sucafina staff through the Farmer Hub initiative, began with the recognition that the supply chain in Ethiopia was failing to benefit smallholder farmers or reward them for producing quality coffee.
The program encourages strong growing practices, rewards the production of quality coffee and helps farmers take control of their part of the supply chain by partnering directly with smallholders.
New farmers are onboarded each year for a training program that is intended to help farmers improve yields and quality while also accessing new markets and financial services. Farmers in the program participate in a wide range of activities including designing, and later revising, a farm management plan, accessing financing for larger farm projects and more.
In addition to working with farmers to improve quality and yield, Sucafina Ethiopia is, through Lalisaa Coffees, making introductions between roasters and farmers. By bringing roasters to visit farmers and begin discussions, Lalisaa coffees are helping make connections and developing relationships between farmers and their potential clients. This will enable direct trade relationships that can benefit both farmers and roasters.
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