Refisa is a washing station in the region of West Arsi, deep in the south west of Ethiopia on the edge of Bale Mountain and the Harenna Forest. The washing station is owned by an export company named SNAP, who run three other washing stations in the local area.
Refisa works with approximately 400 farmers who deliver their cherry daily to the washing station for processing. The natural process is as follows. Cherry is presorted before being set out to dry on raised beds. Typically the total drying time will be 15-20 days; while the coffee is drying it is regularly turned by hand to allow for air to circulate underneath for an even drying and a cleaner flavour profile.
Snap coffee is supporting the communities surrounding their washing stations by building schools, providing computers and other educational tools. They are also building roads to less accessible farming areas and their long term plan is to build health clinics too. We hope to visit soon to learn more about the farmers and the community.