Faysel A. Yonis was born into a coffee-producing family and enjoyed the rich traditions of Ethiopian coffee culture at a young age. He fervently recalls the coffee tree looming over their front yard, the daily coffee ceremonies performed by his mother, and the two farms near the Chelenko village his father owned. By the 90s, Faysel became a representative of coffee farmers by introducing their coffee to the local market. A decade of experience gave Faysel enough confidence to start his own company: Testi Trading PLC.
The Bishan Dimo washing station opened its gates in 2017 in the Denbi Uddo Kebele. The area of Shakiso is a combination of outstretched hills and mountains that give you the impression that the area is flat. But in fact, the region reaches heights up to 2050masl. 800+ smallholder families surround the Bishan Dimo site. The small plots, typically 1.5 hectares, are shaded by false banana plants, and the semi-forests engulf their farms. Faysel’s brother, Hakime Yonis, is the manager of the station and responsible for daily operations. Although Guji is known for its cattle, it has developed into a coffee-growing region thanks to entrepreneurs like Faysel.
This coffee was washed and fermented in clean cement tanks for 24-48 hours. The parchment is then dried for 10 to 12 days. In a mug of Candied Grapefruit, you’ll find bright citrus notes paired with the sweetness of caramelized sugar and creamy, custard like mouthfeel.