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Fahem Natural 175,-

Tim's Notes

In an attempt to find a farm or two we could start working with more closely (like do in Centra-America and Colombia) in order to improve the coffee qualities we buy from in Ethiopia, I went on a trip in December 2018 to visit a handfull of farms in the western part of Ethiopia. Out of those visits we ended up buying from three different farms where Fahem is the biggest one of them.

At Fahem I was visiting with Semeon Abay, who now works for Tropiq, Ethiopia and Hayatudin Jamal who works for Fahem and Mohammed Lalo. I was quite impressed with the infrastructure on the farm and also how they had planted varieties separate from each other and kept the natural forest canopy over the coffee trees. However I still saw huge potential for improving the coffee quality on the farm and potential for producing a good amount of very high quality coffee.

We managed to prepare 10 bags of high quality natural processed coffee with the help of Semeon Abay and the Fahem team. These coffees were dried very carefully on raised beds under supervision of Semeon. I wanted these naturals to be crisp and clean with only clean fresh stone fruit and strawberry flavours from the fermentation that happens during the drying of the cherries and Semeon and the Fahem team managed to deliver what I wanted.



Flavour notes

Strawberies, stone fruit, floral


Mohammed Lalo


December 2018


Atnago, Limmu Seka, Ethiopia

Roast profile

Light roast

Growing conditions

1900 masl. Under canopy of native forest trees




Only ripe coffee cherries were picked by local hired pickers. Only ripe coffee cherries were dried on raised beds in full sun in thin layers before it was de-hulled, sorted and exported to Norway in Grain Pro bags.


More info

Fahem is a 180 hectare farm situated near the town Atnago in Limmu Seka, a couple of hours drive from Jimma. It was bought and established by Mohammed Lalo around 2009 and today employs between 500 - 900 workers during the peak of the harvest and around 50-60 people during the rest of the year. The workers are both from nearby towns and members of the local community. Mohammed and his team are therefore actively implementing projects to aid the local community such as drilling wells, handing out school materials for the kids, and giving out free coffee seedlings to smallholder farmers in the area. They have also established a grain mill run on diesel for the locals to be able to mill their own grains. Although their own coffee pulp is the only fertiliser they use and weeding is done by cutting (no herbicides) they still have two agronomists working on the farm. This is partly because they are actively working on re-foresting the farm by planting faster growing trees like Grevillea as temporary trees before the more slow growing native trees grow up. The agronomists also work on getting the farm certified organic which hopefully will be achieved within the next few years. Because the farm is mainly under a canopy of old native forest trees there are a number of wild animals frequenting the farm such as water hogs, baboons, squirrels, wild cats, monkeys and snakes. Some of them are more welcome than others by the farmers and pickers of course. There are many different local coffee varieties planted separately on the farm such as 74110, 74140, 74148 and 75227. If we are able to continue working with Fahem we will make sure we separate them to see if one is better than the other or at least see how they differ in quality and flavour.