||Kayon Mountain Farm
||Heirloom Ethiopian varieties
Notes: Delicate, sweet and fruity with berry, floral and cocoa flavors.
The Kayon Mountain Coffee Farm has about 300 hectares planted in coffee and has been owned and operated by Ismael Hassen Aredo and his family since 2012. It is located 510 kilometers south of Addis Ababa in the Guji zone of Ethiopia.
Ismael oversees a staff of 25 permanent full-time and 300 seasonal employees, and the farm management offers free transportation services as well as financial support for building schools and administration buildings for the community. The farm competes with a nearby mining village for seasonal workers, so Ismael and his family tend to pay higher wages to their pickers in order to incentivize them returning year after year.
Kayon Mountain farm has a nursery on-site and utilizes shade (acacia and other indigenous trees) to protect the coffee as well as for creating compost to fertilize naturally. Their natural coffees are picked, rinsed and sorted, and moved to the drying beds for between 12–20 days depending on the weather.