Origin: Asikana Farm, Wayu Koli, Lalisa Birbir, Katta Abba Korma
Altitude: 1650 MASL
Variety: Ethiopian Heirloom
Certification: Bird Friendly
The History of Asikana:
The founder of Asikana Coffee, Mr. Bodja Gelalcha and his family have deep community ties with the area stretching back for over 200 years. Coffee cultivation is an integral part of rural life in that part of the country. Bodja, the eldest son of a farmer, in a family of four boys and two girls, with huge thirst for knowledge and education, grabbed the opportunity for schooling at an early age.
After finishing his master’s degree in developmental studies, Bodja worked in various development projects. These experiences equipped him with a fundamental vision of how to improve living standards in his native community. Asikana was established with the goal of educating community members on the development and production of high quality coffee. Asikana in Afan Oromo (the language of Oromia) means "we start from here."
Asikana was established in 2008 with its head office in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa. Asikana has farm sites in Buri and Kalo of Wora Kura and Kure administrative units (Kebeles) in Aira District part of Western Wollega Zone, Oromia Regional State. These farm sites are located 509 Km from Addis Ababa. At all of its farm sites, the company's primary business is coffee production. However, a secondary business is honey production. Honey is a complimentary product because bees play a vital role in the cross-pollination of the bloomed coffee plant.
Asikana is coordinating over 1,000 out growers in the Aira District, training them on how to control the quality of their coffee