Shantawene G1 Washed


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Region :             Sidamo
Altitude :          1,900–2,300 masL
Process :           
Variety:              Heirloom
Grade :                1

Q Score :            87.5

Incredibly floral and sophisticated aroma with notes of jasmine, apricot and frankincense.
Bright complex acidity in the cup, clear jasmine, stone fruit, earl grey and a hint of pineapple. 

Dominant Flavour 

Secondary Flavour 

UPDATE: Shantawene won 7th place (from more than 1,400 entries) in the 2020 Cup of Excellence in Ethiopia! 



In 2006, the Dukamo brothers, Asefa and Mulugeta,  founded Daye Bensa. Coffee growers turned exporters, Daye Bensa exports coffee from its farm in the Shantawene Village, as well as from smallholders called “out-growers” in three villages: Shantawene, Karamo and Bombe.

Ethiopia Shantawene is a village situated in the Bensa District on the edge of the Harenna Forest on the western slope of Mount Batu.


Daye Bensa

Daye Bensa coffee farms sit between 1,900 and 2,217 meters. The coffee cherries comes from out-growers’ farms higher up the mountain, between 2,000 and 2,400 meters. They deliver the coffee to the closest of the 15 small washing stations owned by Daye Bensa, spread across three districts.
Its two farms, in Kaffa and Sidamo, are Organic, UTZ, Rainforest Alliance and C.A.F.E. practices certified.

Each year they host an “Out-Growers” Day. Nearly 1,000 farmers gather to celebrate their harvests and to receive second payments for their coffee cherry contributions. Daye Bensa additionally rewards the top three farmers from each of the three villages with certificates and premiums, recognizing them for consistently delivering high-quality cherries.

Going forward, Daye Benesa is hoping to work with more farmers, to particularly encourage women farmers and to work with Hawassa University, to help students perform research to improve coffee quality.


Grading System

Washed coffees are labeled as “Grade 2” and Naturals as “Grade 3, 4 or 5”. “Grade 1” can refer to both processes, provided that it meets the highest physical quality and cup score. Screen size specs for export from Ethiopia is 14+.

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