Here we have our first fresh Ethiopian from the 2023 harvest! Dhilgee Halo originates from central Ethiopia in the region of Gedeb, named after its biggest town and not too far from the infamous region of Yirgacheffe. This washing station is in the middle of one of the largest growing areas in Gedeb with the surrounding 1250 hectares housing approximately 170 farmers that all contribute and sell their coffee cherries here. It takes no longer than 40 minutes for the farmers to travel to the washing station, with the majority of people walking each day.
The export company that we work with (Nordic Approach) has a sister company (Tropiq) that has offices in Addis, both teams are working hard together to help improve transparency and traceability for their coffees by providing supply chain management services in the country. This is pretty new for both Nordic Approach and Tropiq as, until 3 years ago, all coffee was traded through the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange, ECX. Having a team at origin is really important and is a big step as it’s not only helping to build relationships with farmers and individuals at the washing stations, but also provides invaluable first hand experience and we’re now able to find out more about Ethiopian coffee than we ever have done before.