Trader: Nordic Approach
Region: West Arsi > Nensebo
Altitude: 1700-1900 masl
Origin type: Farm
Farm size: 150 ha
Coffee growing area: 70 ha
Bale Mountain is a great project. Its a relatively new private farm owned by Israel Degfa that also have several washing stations. Its recently planted with coffees and are now going in to full production. They are only making naturals so far. This area is not as common for coffee as others in the south, but there is a lot of development. The coffees are truly distinct and unique. They currently have about 70 hectares planted with coffee, and are increasing still planting new trees. They invest a lot in the production only targeting the highest quality levels.
Bale Mountain Farm is a relatively new, state owned farm in the Bale Mountain National Park.There are lions in this area.! Quite exotic. They do different varieties, and the newest ones they are trying now is Geisha variety.
Israel Degfa is the producer. He is a young business man in Ethiopia with a sure and steady focus. He owns thirteen washing stations and a farm, across the South and South West of Ethiopia. In previous years the production at these washing stations has been focused on volume but over the last few years Israel has shifted his focus, and is working on the quality of processing across his washing stations as priority.
It was this shift in focus that caused Israel to look for different ways to market his coffees, ways that would facilitate and value his new emphasis on quality. It was from this point that we began to work with Israel, visiting his washing stations and learning about his business, we also began to know him through this process.
Through this relationship we have been able to cup through coffee’s processed by Israel’s washing stations with him in our lab in Addis, and with the team back here in Oslo and share what we value in the cup and the kind of profiles we are looking for. He has also given us a lot of scope to access his coffees and take sample material for assessment, as well as permitting our specific instructions on milling prep for the lots we purchased from him.
The natural processed coffee from Bale is processed on the farm, whereas for washed he takes it to nearby Mokanisa Bulga washing station for processing.