Shantawene mill is found within the tiny village of the same name and serves around 1500 local producers. Since it’s in the foothills of the Bombe Mountains and thus higher than many of the mills in the region, pulling from slower-ripening coffee trees, it swings into full production a few weeks after its sister mill of Qonqona. The soil in the area is very nutrient-dense, and groves of inset (false banana) weave through coffee trees. This washing station is a culmination of several years of preparation for Sidama coffee man Assefa Dukamo and his family.
This size 15 screen separation allows us to sharpen the focus of the coffee, as each screen size or screen grouping represent different characteristics of the coffee. As such, this lot expresses a honey and stone fruit sweetness with intense lavender floral notes. It is very difficult to implement this type of sorting well. Doing things with excellence is also costly, so we work with an importer that ensures every team member is paid a premium when they are processing our lots. This premium amounts to tripling the daily wages of each laborer.