Ethiopia Shantawene


We have been waiting for this coffee about 4 months longer than we would normally have to due to lack of containers (another consequence of Covid) in Ethiopia and the current ongoing situation out there. However it is now time to prepare your palate for this delicious lot Located within the famous Sidama coffee-producing region of Ethiopia, the Shantawene Station works directly with 940 smallholder producers to mill coffee for export. Daye Bensa, the exporting organization in Ethiopia, provides assistance to producers to sell their coffee.

Owner The owner of the mill, Asefa Dukamo, was introduced to coffee at a young age as his parents were cultivating coffee and other garden crops. In his teens, he began to supply neighboring coffee washing stations with cherries purchased from nearby relatives and villagers in addition to his own family’s farm. He realized that there were not many washing stations nearby, and he had to travel great distances to deliver his coffee. Thus began the idea to construct his own washing station to reduce the travel time for coffee producers in his region.

In 1997, he constructed a washing station in the Girja village, less than one mile from his parents’ house. The following year, another washing station was constructed in Eltama, 30 kms from Girja. Dukamo then moved to the Daye town in the Bensa district, setting up the mother washing station called Qonqana. Eventually, a dry mill was added to provide facilities for naturally processed coffees. Asefa’s younger brother, Mulugeta Dukamo, is the co-founder of Daye Bensa Coffee exporters, and played a key role in the expansion of the washing stations. Today, Daye Bensa operates in six woredas: Bensa, Bura, Chabe, Hoko (Girja), Aroressa and Chire with 20 washing stations, five mills and three coffee farms.

Washing Station - Shantawene

Owner - 940 small holder producers

Varietal(s) 74158 

Processing - Natural 

Altitude - 1,920 to 2,020 meters 

Region - Sidama

Total size of Farm - Less than 5 Hectares on average.

Tasting Notes - Berries, Lemon, Milk Chocolate, Lavender 

Aroma - Fruity, Floral,

Body - Creamy 

Acidity -  Juicy