Shakisso Farm can be found in the Guji zone, the southern part of Oromia, one of Ethiopia’s largest regions. The farm was started by Haile Gebre and began producing organic coffees in 2001 and is now Organic, Rainforest Alliance and Fairtrade USA certified. Haile works closely together with medium-sized local outgrowers who are specialized in this highland forest coffee. Together with Haile, we try to upgrade the quality and quantity of Shakisso Farm – year in, year out. To do this, we donated a cupping lab, so we can oversee the harvests more closely, and co-monitor operations and logistics every year.
Shakisso Farm his spread out over 640 hectares and has its own nursery sites to grow coffee seedlings. During harvest, we have more than 300 coffee pickers harvesting coffee. About 150 of them supply coffee individually to the wet mill. There are currently twelve permanent qualified members of staff with more than ten years practical experience in coffee production, processing, clearing and marketing. There are many gold mines in the area of Shakisso Farm, so the coffee fields are literally full of holes where people have been digging for gold. This makes walking between the coffee trees risky. As a result, the biggest challenge these days is to find employees to maintain the plantation and pick cherries.