Ethiopia Daye Bensa
A new take on one of last year’s favorites, this time around we got a softer and more velvety result for a dry/natural lot.
The Shantawene farm has won 7th place (from more than 1,400 entries) in the 2020 Cup of Excellence in Ethiopia! While this coffee is different from the submission, it's from this same site and harvest and speaks to the overall quality therein. This is a complex yet intense cup of coffee, which we love to see in a natural-processed lot, so try it any which way you brew your beans - pour-over, cold brew, espresso - go nuts!!
In 2006, brothers Asefa and Mulugeta Dukamo founded Daye Bensa, a coffee grower and exporter in Ethiopia. Daye Bensa exports coffee from its farm, in the Shantawene Village, as well as from "out-growers" (or smallholders) in three villages: Shantawene, Karamo and Bombe.
The Shantawene lot is named after the village where the majority of the people who work on the farm, many of them women, are from.
Each year Daye Bensa hosts an Out-Growers Day. Nearly 1,000 farmers gather to celebrate their harvests and to receive second payments for their coffee cherry contributions. Daye Bensa additionally rewards the top three farmers from each of the three villages with certificates and cash prizes, recognizing them for consistently delivering high-quality cherries.
Going forward, Daye Benesa is hoping to work with more farmers, to particularly encourage women farmers and to work with Hawassa University, to help students perform research to improve coffee quality.