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
Hazelnut & Mandarin
Sold out. Creamy chocolate, thick and rich with super sweet mandarin and stone fruit.
Jasmine & peach
Sold out. Peaches & cream, in the way only an Ethiopian coffee can bring you all of the peaches and cream. Jasmine flowers and intricate bitters that stimulate your senses to finish it off. We’ve immensely enjoyed coffee from the Boji wet mill in the Kochere region on multiple occasions and are thrilled to bring it back for another run.
Roasted walnut & grape
This coffee is technically a blend, but it’s not your average blend. By purchasing this coffee, you are directly supporting 15 small coffee pickers. You are supporting fair pay, legal and safe health care, and pension payments.
Nectarine & Dark Chocolate
Sold out. We taste 80% dark chocolate and stone fruit, specifically nectarine, along with some creamy & bitter walnut.
Lingonberry & Cream
It’s as though a human-sized raspberry is running full speed ahead at you, into your mouth - you’re a little freaked out by it, but then it gives you a massive sweet juicy hug and all is well with the world. So sugar cane sweet, bold and bright. Uniquely fresh crop Kenyan in the very best way.
Earl Grey & Rosehip
Sold out. It’s calm with a lovely lightly bitter black tea aftertaste, has a grounded structure, and it doesn’t have that super typical natural funkiness (though definitely still a natural). There's fruit as you'd expect: papaya and lime. We're happy to share this easy drinking coffee as we roll into summertime.