Small Batch Series
Ethiopia Natural G1 Asikana
Asikana, meaning “We Start From Here”, is a cooperative made up of more than 100 small producers (or “outgrowers”) in the Aira region of Ethiopia and outlying areas. Founded in 2008, the cooperative has focused on coffee quality and improvement for its growing slate of producing members—however, environmental stewardship and sustainability are also key aspects of the group’s focus.
Until just before the pandemic, Asikana—founded by Bodja Gelalcha and operated by his family and a small staff—had operated primarily as a domestic operation. A partnership with San Cristobal importers, who until then had focused coffee production in Mexico, led to quality improvements and attention from a global market. San Cristobal’s work within Ethiopia has allowed for extreme traceability of its coffee exports, a desirable aspect for both purchasers and growers—the latter of whom can reap benefits of seeing improved prices fairly paid for their hard work.
Contributing to the coop’s ecological role is a secondary business in honey. Bees are crucial to the cross-pollination of coffee, and supporting their habitats intentionally is a win-win for coffee growers. In addition to bees, Asikana is also a certified Smithsonian Bird-Friendly® organization.
This coffee is shade grown and naturally processed, and comprises a blend of traditionally shaped beans and peaberries.
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