Established in 2020, the Sakicha Station (SWS) is located in the Sakicha Village, District of Bule Hora, in West Guji within Oromia region.
One of the main characteristics of this washing station is that it is located at a higher altitude. The altitude combined with the characteristics of the weather shows great potential for coffee production. Thanks to the location, many farmers can easily deliver cherries and it is also easier to find both labourers and quality coffee.
At the SWS they prepare washed and natural coffees as well as some special preps. There is another station in the same village that is used for special preps. However, the plan for the future is to merge both stations to process all natural, washed, and anaerobic or honey coffees at one station.
When coffees are processed as naturals, pickers sort the cherries on delivery. Coffee is placed on drying tables immediately after arrival, currently there is a total of 100 drying tables at the site. The average time it takes to dry the coffees is 18 days.
Asnake Kasa is an expert in specialty coffee and the founder of Power Coffee Trading. He has worked in the coffee industry for the last ten years across a variety of areas including cupping (tasting), agronomy and farmer training, sustainability, quality control, marketing, export coordination, and logistics, and profit and loss management. He started Power Coffee Trading because he wanted to leverage his years of experience and his expertise in specialty coffee to elevate and promote Ethiopian specialty coffees around the world. He is an expert in special prep processing and produces some of the best experimentals year after year.
There is a lot of coffee in Ethiopia, and many good lots. But things are not always as straightforward as they seem. What you cup is not always what you get. With most washing stations, this really depends on the relationship to the suppliers, at what stage you draw the sample and the local warehousing and dry milling facilities used.
Tropiq is a Nordic Approach company providing supply chain management services for transparent and traceable coffees direct from origin. Their team in Addis Ababa visits producers, washing stations and warehouses throughout the season. In the peak of the season there’s a daily dialogue with the millers and exporters. Having people on the ground gives an opportunity to early and direct access to samples, first-hand information on coffees, immediate entry to warehouses and timely quality control.
Nordic Approach plans their selection at the beginning of the harvest and will usually pre-books most of their coffees.
Working alongside their sister company, Tropiq Ethiopia, the NA team is in Addis several times a year. Season is carefully planned with their suppliers as well as developing relationships and a mutual understanding of priorities and strict buying criteria.