Gatta Honey Daye Bensa
Gatta Farm is the place where we run a dedicated specialty program. Daye Bensa’s Gatta Farm is at the heart of Shantawene Village, in Sidama Bensa, Ethiopia. It sits at an altitude of 2120 – 2210m in the midst of a natural forest. The site is surrounded by indigenous trees, which are older than 100 years, waterfalls, and rivers. One of the rivers separates Shantawene from Bombe and runs from the hills above Keramo. Gatta Farm has been named after a waterfall which crosses the farm.
Gatta Farm was a natural forest before being discovered by the cofounder Mulugeta Dukamo while managing the construction of Gafisse Station. They planted the first coffees in 2013, and established the drying station in 2017. The vegetation and forest surrounding the farm is useful as natural shade for the farm and the drying station. Plantation, harvesting and processing works are mainly done by the local residents. Also women are involved and are mainly assigned to quality control and processing, except for labor intensive tasks. By offering working opportunities and proper wage this is a real benefit for the local residents.
Daye Bensa’s Gatta Farm isn’t only a farm, it consists of a drying station, a lodge and a training facility. During harvesting season, the drying station becomes active and also offers accommodations for employees or trainees until the training has ended. The training facility offers training in coffee processing for interested individuals.
After floating the red cherries, The cherries will be pulped, leaving the desired amount of mucilage on the cherries and then transferring them to raised beds for drying. The word “Malawo” means honey in the local language.
Elevation - 1920 – 2020msi
Climate - Sunny, Surrounded by Vegetation
Region: Sidama/ Bensa / Shantawene Village
Processing Method: Black, Red and Yellow Honey
Processing Stations: Gatta
Station Owner/Producer: Asefa Dukamo Korma
Harvest Month: Dec-Feb
Farmers Contributed: 940
Variety - 74158
Gudumale Building, Rooms 101-105,
Gerji-Salitemiret Road, Jakros Area,
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
+251 116 675552