Bale Mountains Farm is a relatively new operation located within Bale Mountains National Park in south western Ethiopia. It’s state owned, but managed privately by producer Israel Degfa. Started up in 2012, there are about 70 cultivated hectares that are now producing high quality coffee. Several varieties have been planted for this project, the most recent one being Gesha.
The life in this region is wild and diverse: within Bale Mountains National Park, there is not only wild and cultivated coffee growing, there are over 300 species of birds, lions, endemic and endangered Ethiopian wolves, and the country’s only cloud forest.
There’s no washing station on site, so many of these coffees from this farm are natural, however some lots are transported to nearby Mokanisa Bulga washing station. Nordic Approach has been able to work with Isreal Degfa out of their lab in Addis Ababa to improve communication along the supply chain.
Bale Mountain Farm
West Arsi, Nensebo, Bale Mountain National Park
99.72 kr per kg
Medium, quite lovely for filter or an exciting espresso
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