ISMAEL HASSEN: Ethiopia Shakiso Guji

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A floral and sweet coffee produced by Ismael Hassen at Kayon Mountain Farm in Ethiopia. This release is the 3rd instalment in our Afro Series which celebrates the beautiful washed coffees coming out of Africa, the continent where coffee was first discovered. 

This is our second coffee this year from Ismael Hassen. We kept hearing from crew members to bring back more coffee from Kayon Mountain, so here you go!

Tasting Notes: Jasmine, Apricot, Lemon, Toffee

Cup score:  88.25 ☕   

We decided to name this coffee after the producer to honour the great work Ismael has done for his Village and to honour his coffee production skills.

The coffee is extremely versatile and it makes for a clean, balanced and highly aromatic filter and espresso. It also pairs well with milk and alt-milk. 


The Kayon Mountain Coffee Farm is 500 hectares with about 300 hectares planted in coffee and has been owned and operated by Ismael Hassen Aredo and his family since 2012.

It is located 510 kilometers south of Addis Ababa, and the property crosses the border of two villages—Taro and Sewana—located in the Oromia region, in the Guji zone of the Shakiso district of Ethiopia.

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.


☠️ Single Origin from Ethiopia

☠️ Region: Shakiso, Guji 

☠️ Producer: Ismael Hassen

☠️ Farm: Kayon Mountain Farm

☠️ Roast: Light/medium

☠️ Brew: Filter, Espresso

☠️ Varietal: 74110, 74112

☠️ Process: Washed

☠️ Tasting notes:

  • Jasmine
  • Apricot
  • Lemon
  • Toffee

☠️ Altitude: 1900 - 2200 masl

☠️ Harvest: January 2022

☠️ Whole bean