This coffee is produced in the Woreda of Uraga, Guji region. The Uraga Dry Mill has 470 raised beds and ~ 500 members of staff during the harvest season. Historically, coffees from Uraga were trucked to Yirgacheffe because farmers could find higher prices due to the Yirgacheffe reputation. However, since the inception of Israel’s quality focused Uraga processing sites, local smallholders no longer need to transport their coffees to Yirgacheffe. Instead, they recognise the value of their distinct coffees and realise they deserve their very own differentiation. The contributing farmers are all registered and a part of the Kerchanshe support network set up by Israel Degfa. This network helps smallholders and their families with access to healthcare, education and agricultural support.
In Ethiopia, Kamba source coffees from Israel Degfa and Kerchanshe. Israel is one of Kamba’s shareholders and the owner of the Ethiopian export company, Kerchanshe. The term ‘vertical integration’ is one that is used a lot in specialty coffee, but our sourcing strategy in Ethiopia is exactly that. As well as his stake in Kamba and ownership of Kerchanshe, Israel and his team also own a variety of mills, washing stations and private farms across the coffee producing regions of Ethiopia. Ultimately, the money that these coffees are sold for by Kamba at the end of the chain, goes in part back to Israel and is reinvested in the Ethiopian coffee community. The work of Kerchanshe stretches far beyond coffee, too. Israel has set up the Buna Qala Charity and a Smallholder Membership scheme that reinvests profits back into community projects and healthcare, education, agricultural and financial incentives.