The Worka Sakaro washing station, in the Gedio Zone, works with more than 400 smallholder farmers in the region. These farmers grow coffee on the steep mountain slopes at approximately 2,000 to 2,200 meters above sea level. Indigenous Birbira, Corsica Africana, and Ensete Ventricosum trees provide shade to the coffee.
Coffees in Sidamo are grown mainly in small villages, kebeles. Considered “garden coffee," it is grown at low density, only around 1000 to 1800 trees per hectare and is fertilized with locally produced organic matter. This natural process lot from Shefina washing station is Rainforest Alliance, Organic and UTZ certified.
On the southern slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro coffee grows in rich volcanic soil that is shaded by indigenous trees. Glacier-fed streams provide water for Mount Kilimanjaro Estate. Workers benefit from programs like medical care, insurance, retirement plans and scholarships. This is a select peaberry lot.
Antônio Carlos de Oliveira is the fourth generation on Sítio Roseira. Antônio inherited some of the land before expanding the farm in 2018. The property totals 25 hectares with 5.7 of that planted with Red Catuai variety. Like many farms in the region, all work here is done manually due to the uneven terrain.