In the Gedeb region, most farmers work with plots of land smaller than 5 hectares. They often measure their coffee farms based on the number of trees rather than the overall area. Traditional farming practices persist, with coffee being an integral part of an interconnected 'coffee garden' that includes intercropped food crops.
Additionally, the majority of farms maintain an organic approach by default. Farmers in Gedeb tend to use minimal, if any, synthetic fertilizers or pesticides. The small size of the plots typically means that coffee is meticulously handpicked by the landowners and their families.
Once harvested, all the coffee undergoes selective handpicking before being transported either to a collection center or directly to the washing station. At the washing station, a thorough sorting process takes place to eliminate any damaged or underripe cherries. The coffee is then carefully spread out on raised beds to undergo a slow and deliberate sun-drying process. During this period, the cherries are regularly turned and meticulously hand-sorted multiple times to ensure that any flawed or discolored beans are removed.
To protect the parchment from drying too rapidly during the hottest hours of the day and to prevent moisture from seeping into the parchment overnight, the coffee is covered with plastic. This exceptional level of care, dedication, and attention results in a truly exquisite cup profile, showcasing the remarkable quality that emerges from these labor-intensive and passionate practices.