Ethiopia Shakiso


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Our 2021 crop selection comes to us from Kayon Mountain Farm in the Shakiso district of East Guji. Unlike the majority of coffees produced in Ethiopia; that is, grown by communities of small landholders (or home garden system), Kayon Mountain Farm is a single farm estate owned and operated by a single proprietor. This proprietor is Ismael Hassen Aredo, who along with his family, has been running the organic certified farm since 2012. 

Ismael oversees a staff of 25 permanent full-time and 300 seasonal employees, and the farm management offers free transportation services as well as financial support for building schools and administration buildings for the community. The farm competes with a nearby mining village for seasonal workers, so Ismael and his family tend to pay higher wages to their pickers in order to incentivize them returning year after year. 

Kayon Mountain farm has a nursery on-site and utilizes shade (acacia and other indigenous trees) to protect the coffee as well as for creating compost to fertilize naturally. Ismael is meticulous about not only the structure and management of the farm itself but also the harvesting and processing. Both Natural and Washed lots are produced on the property.

One advantage of a single estate coffee over community lots, is the ability to oversee qualities at every stage from nursery to the wet mill. And Ismael does so meticulously, separating lots for quality and full traceability. 

In the cup, expect exactly what you want from a top quality fruit dried Ethiopian coffee. A burst of floral and berry aromas, fruity acidity, syrupy body, and lasting sweet finish. 

Terroir Information – Single Origin


Ismael Hassen Aredo, Kayon Mt. Farm


Guji, Ethiopia


1800-2200 masl


Ethiopian Heirloom  


Nov-Feb 2020/21

Harvest Method

Hand Picked (Selective)

Processing Method

Cherry sorted at wet mill, fruit-dried (natural)

Drying Method

Raised Beds

Export Grade

Grade 1 Natural

 Please note, if you are signing up for a subscription for our Ethiopian coffee, the farm/lot name may change throughout the year as we receive new harvest lots. We aim to source lots with similar flavor profiles harvest to harvest. 

Don't own a grinder? Don't own a good grinder? Not a problem, let us expertly grind the coffee for you depending on the method with which you brew. We roast, grind and package your coffee to order, so it gets to you just a few days after roasting. We do recommend to consume pre-ground coffee within 2 weeks after opening to experience maximum freshness of flavor. 

Espresso (Fine) - best for home espresso machines, moka pot and some Aeropress recipes

Pour Over (Med-Fine) - best for single cup pour over methods with 2-3 min brew times: V60, Kalita, Malita, Clever, etc

Drip (Medium) - best for auto-drip makers and larger pour overs with 4-6 min brew times such as Chemex

French Press (Med-Coarse) - best for French press and cold brew methods. 


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