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Fahem 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. I asked Hayatudin if they were willing to follow my suggested processing and drying protocol and produce 50 bags of coffee for me. I would of course commit to buying the 50 bags of that coffee. Hayatudin agreed and I asked Semeon if he could help me with quality controlling the picking and processing and help Hayatudin and his team produce the coffee in the way I had specified.

We managed to produce four different lots in total where two were natural processed and two washed coffees, all separated by variety. Unfortunately we bumped in to some challenges with shipping and logistics, but at least we managed to get most of the coffees to Norway in good condition. I really loved how the washed coffees turned out and think they are quite different from the typical coffees you will find further south in Ethiopia, like near Yirgacheffe. The coffees from the west have always appealed to me and this one is no exception with loads of tropical fruit notes but still with very floral characteristics.



Flavour notes

Rhubarb, tropical fruits, 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. The cherries underwent another selection by water and gravity before they were de-pulped in the afternoon. Afterwards the parchment coffee was fermented under water over night. The next morning the coffee was washed and graded in a traditional washing channel before the excess mucilage was removed by a mechanical mucilage remover in order to remove the remaining mucilage. After processing the coffee was dried raised beds under a shade net to ensure slow and even drying. The coffee was packed, exported and stored in jute bags with a grain pro bag liner to keep it fresh.


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.