In an attempt to find a farmers we could start working more closely with in Ethiopia, I went on a trip in December 2018 to visit a handful of farms in the western part of the country. Out of those visits we ended up buying from three different farms where Fahem is the biggest one of them.
While visiting the farm I was shown around by Hayatudin Jamal who works for Fahem and the owner of the farm Mohammed Lalo. I was quite impressed with the infrastructure on the farm and also how they had planted different coffee cultivars separate from each other and kept a lot of the natural forest canopy over the coffee trees. The wet mill had a huge capacity with two different processing lines and two different types of processing machines. They were also drying the coffees on raised beds but they would pick and mix the different cultivars together and bulk different pickings together. I therefore asked Hayatudin if they were willing to separate the different cultivars and also if they could follow my suggested processing and drying protocol to see if we could improve the quality even further. Hayatudin offered to produce 60 bags of coffee for us according to my requests but I would of course have to commit to buying those 60 bags.
In the end we were really happy with the results of this experiment and we have continued to ask for their specially prepared washed coffees ever since. Hopefully we will be able to visit the farm more often in the future years in order to see how we can help improve the quality of the coffees we buy from this farm just like we do in Central-America and Colombia.