Ethiopia Guji Shakisso Farm
Shakisso Farm is located in one of Ethiopia’s largest regions, the Guji zone, in the southern part of Oromia. Before the coffee plantation, this is a gold mining area, which makes it very difficult to farm as lots of destructions were done to the land. Still, it makes coffee tree planting risky as even walking between the coffee trees can be dangerous. So different from other coffee farms, the biggest challenge in Shakisso Farm is to find employees to maintain the plantation and pick cherries.
However, the farm owner Haile Gebre not only managed to overcome the challenges but also have the farm Organic, Rainforest Alliance and Fairtrade USA certified, they began their organic coffee production since the year 2001. By cooperating with local medium-sized coffee farmers who specialized in the highland forest coffee and cupping labs, they are able to oversee the harvests more closely, and co-monitor operations and logistics every year for high-quality coffee beans.
With an altitude of 2,250m – 2,350m and spread of over 640 hectares with its own nursery sites to grow coffee seedlings, Shakisso Farm harvests their coffee with more than 300 coffee pickers which about half of them supply coffee individually to the wet mill.