This is one of the lots that have come from a group of small farmers in the Sidama region of Southern Ethiopia. With the changes to export laws in Ethiopia, small producers are now able to market their coffee directly, but this is still very challenging, and few have access to capital to make this happen. This group of farmers in Sidama all have between 3 and 12 hectares and all have their own export licenses, however this year they have assigned Buriso Amaje as their group leader and he coordinated the milling and export of the coffee alongside the Falcon team in Addis. Since these producers are small, their main limitation is cash flow, so Falcon prefinanced the coffee in order to ensure they weren’t forced to sell their coffee locally for cash. This group have amazing potential and this year we are seeing some of that, but with the help of Falcon’s agronomist we plan to train them on farm management and picking, processing and drying. Melesa Wolde owns and manages, along with the help of his wife and 6 children, 4 hectares of coffee which is spread across 5 different parcels in the village of Shanta Wene in Bensa, Sidama. Melesa grows entirely 74160 variety which is well suited to the micro-climate at his farms. The 74160 variety is a selection from the Jimma research centre. This variety was selected from wild plants in the Metu-Bishari forest in the Illuababora zone in Western Ethiopia. 74160 is widely distributed varieties across Ethiopia and was selected for its resistance to CBD and high yield. This variety is known to have very pronounced citrus and floral notes which are prized by coffee buyers. Melesa is strict on his cherry selection, ensuring that the coffee is as high quality as possible. The coffee is processed and dried at Melesa’s family home. Melesa produces only natural coffee, inkeeping with the tradition here.