This coffee comes from smallholder farmers in the villages of Foggi and Negele Gorbitu in Abaya which borders the Gedeo Zone in Yirgacheffe. Coffee farming in Abaya started in the 1970s under the European Union’s Coffee Improvement Program. Only in the last decade did farmers in Foggi and Negele Gorbitu start coffee production. Coffee from these villages have a bean structure and cup quality that reflect the vigor of their youthful coffee trees.
The Washed Yirgacheffe Grade 2 Kanketi was produced by Fikadu Abayneh Kebede whose mill serves approximately 400 smallholder farmers from the villages of Foggi and Negele Gorbitu. Fikadu started working in coffee over 15 years ago, under the supervision of his father and established the wet mill in Foggi about 10 years ago. Fikadu’s wet mill buys freshly harvested coffee cherries from local farmers for processing. The cherries are fermented in tanks 36 hours and then washed. Afterwards the coffee goes through a natural drying process on raised beds over a period of a week. Post processing, coffees from Fikadu’s mill are put up for sale through Kanketi Coffee Export.