The Amaro Mountains are a small range separating the communities of Amaro, to the east, and the Nechisar National Park and lowland tribal areas of Arba Minch, in southwestern Sidamo. Local coffee varieties, a relatively light population, waterfalls and highland bamboo forests add to the area’s beauty and uniqueness.
This exceptional coffee is exported through Asnakech Thomas, one of Ethiopia’s few women miller/exporters (if not the only one). In 2005, Asnakech returned to Ethiopia and her home region of Amaro to help improve the quality of coffee and living conditions in her community.
On Asnakech’s farm, also called Amaro, coffee is scrupulously harvested, sorted and then milled at on-site wet and dry mills, giving her remarkable control over production. In addition to her own harvest, local growers bring their freshly picked cherry for processing. It’s said that everyone is very clear about Asnakech’s strict standards and that she will only accept red, ripe cherry. Cherries are dried on raised beds, eliminating contact with the soil and resulting in a much cleaner coffee. The raised beds also provide even aeration, in which the air can reach the bean from above and below and result is more a consistent quality and flavor profile.