In Derikidame, and the surrounds of the Derikocha washing station in Hambelawamena, West Guji, are 650 smallholder farmers contributing to this lot. Their farms consist of selections each made from the heirloom varietals native to the region, grown under shade and picked before being delivered for processing to Ashenafi.
The cherries are dried under the sun for eighteen to twenty-one days. Cherries need to be constantly raked in order to ensure a consistent drying process.
In the daytime the heats can be super intense, so between the hours of 12 and 3pm the beds are shaded to avoid scorching the cherries. Similarly, the beds are covered in the evening to protect from the rain.