Ihani

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The Ihani washing station is situated at 1,470masl, near a small water power station. It is a beautiful drive uphill. We were greeted by Mattias Kasighalire, the Station Manager, and some of the farmers’ kids when we arrrived at the washing station. This station is the most innovative that we have visited. It’s the first station that has started experimenting with honey processing. We were keen to try the coffee; however, it hadn’t dried yet, so we instead cupped their washed coffee, which was very balanced, and showed notes of white peach, orange zest, and chocolate. The sweet blossom aftertaste is quite refreshing, as well as the Moroccan mint taste when it cools down after about 35 minutes. Mattias showed us how they prepare their own organic liquid manure to treat plants – the process to produce the manure takes three months in a closed barrel. We had a meeting in their cultural house, where an elder lady was preparing coffee the traditional way, with stone-to-stone grinding. They are familiar with modern technologies, but the importance of heritage is held high, and they like their ancestors way of living: clay cups and bowls, and a bottle made from a pumpkin. The station leader explained to us that they have built more than 150 wood-efficient stone/clay ovens for families in order to heat their homes. Apart from the coffee ceremony, we were also given a taste of their organic honey, which had a beautiful, natural sweetness, and left a deep impression on us.

View from Ihani washing station

View from Ihani washing station

Preparing coffee the traditional way, with stone-to-stone grinding

Preparing coffee the traditional way, with stone-to-stone grinding

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