The Koke station stands on the side of a hill, with coffee grown above and below the station. For the last three years, the Koke station managers have been separating out the higher elevation cherries for Ally, and the quality clearly shows. 96 small scale farmers provided cherries to Koke this harvest most of them multigenerational family farmers. Producers plant maize and enset food crops as well as coffee, with Biribira, Acacia, and Cordia Africana used as shade trees. Temperatures in the area range from 11.38⁰C to 25.57⁰C and annual rainfall is 1525 mm.
Red cherry is picked and freshly sorted before pulping. Overripe and underripe cherries are removed by hand before processing. Coffees are depulped and allowed to ferment naturally for between 36-48 hours. Fermented coffee is washed with clean running water with a ph of 7.8, soaked in clean water, and dried in the sun on the washing station’s 106 raised beds for 18 days to retain 11.5% moisture.
Dried parchment coffee is stored in a field warehouse until it is transported for further processing to Addis Ababa. Koke Washed was prepped for export at Tracon Trading’s coffee cleaning and storage plant on 30,000 sq meters of land in the city of Addis. The plant is equipped with modern Pinhalense coffee processing machines and a Buhler Z+ color sorter. The machine has the capacity of processing six tons per hour. All processing steps are mechanized or have electronic components, including final hand picking on conveyor belts. The six storage silos have a capacity of accommodating about 15,000 metric tons of coffee at a time. The warehouses are clean, with ample lighting and ventilation, which are ideal for maintaining coffee quality.