Farm info

Ally has a long-standing relationship with the family-owned Koke washing station.  We have been providing feedback and purchasing the best lots of Natural and Honey coffees for years, and we look forward to many more years of fruitful partnership. The Koke station stands on the side of a hill, with coffee grown above and below the station. For the last three years, the Koke station managers have been separating out the higher elevation cherries for Ally, and the quality clearly shows. There are over 2000 small scale farmers who bring their cherries to Koke for processing, most of them multigenerational family farmers. Their many generations of experience is evident in Natural coffees that are dried on raised beds for 15 days before resting for a month in a well-ventilated storehouse. Tarps are often used to keep the coffee from drying too quickly and losing its beautiful and characteristic cup profile.

Region

Yirgacheffe

Literally translated as “Land of Many Springs,” Yirgacheffe has the ideal topography, elevation, and water sources to produce and process exceptional coffees. This region is located inside of the Southern Nations and National Peoples area of Ethiopia, which is home to 45 distinct people groups. Coffee farmers in Yirgacheffe are typically multi-generational small-scale landholders, sometimes with only a few acres to their names. Most coffees in Yirgacheffe are sold as cherry to centralized washing stations that help further separate flavor profiles.

Yirgacheffe is considered by many to be the birthplace of coffee and the coffee trees grown in the region are a naturally occurring mix of heirloom varietals cultivated among other species in coffee gardens and coffee forests. As part of the Gedeo Zone, Yirgacheffe is bordered to the south by Kochere, to the west by the Oromia Zone, to the north by Wenago, and to the east by Bule.