This coffee is sourced from family-owned farms organized around the Kokanna coffee mill located in the Gedeb District, Gedeo Zone, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region, Ethiopia. The Kokanna mill is located in a beautiful valley in the town of Kakanna, approximately 60 kilometers from the town of Yirgacheffe.
Cherry dried coffee is common to see on the side of the road throughout much of Ethiopia. Farmers with small gardens will often dry the coffee on their doorstep and then roast and brew it at home or sell it to the local markets. Ethiopia is practically the only origin country where it is the norm for a farmer to know what his or her own coffee tastes like.
In the case of exportable coffees like this coffee, coffee farmers will deliver ripe cherries to the local private mill or cooperative. The Kokanna mill, and others like it, will ensure cleanliness and consistency by sorting and immediately drying on raised beds, another Ethiopian original. These raised drying beds help to ensure good air circulation and temperature control; while the coffee dries, the cherries are turned regularly on the beds to prevent uneven drying. The cherries are stored in a local warehouse and then transported to Addis Ababa where the coffee is milled and exported.