Suke Quto - Ethiopia
Papaya, Cheesecake, Rose Tea
Limited Time Offering | Organic
Suke Quto Farm stretches out over the highlands and valleys of Guji's Odo Shakisso district in Ethiopia. Producer Tesfaye Bekele keeps the farm's fertile volcanic soil in shape by organically recycling the leaf fall and root residue from the resident coffee and shade trees. (All of Suke Quto's coffees are Organic and Rainforest Alliance certified.) Tesfaye's commitment to quality and love of the land are evident in every sip of this exceptional coffee, with its deep floral aroma and notes of sweet tropical fruit, creamy cheesecake, and rose tea.
Producer Tesfaye Bekele, Suke Quto
Elevation 1800-2200 masl
Variety Kurume, Welicho
Harvest Oct - Jan
Ato Tesfaye Bekele is one of the people that put Guji specialty coffee on the map. While the Guji zone was dominated by cattle farmers, he was seeking new ways to make coffee popular in Guji. “I come from a coffee-producing family... coffee is everything to me. All my time and energy are placed into the beans that I harvest and process," Tesfaye explains.
In the 90s, Tesfaye was working for the government of Ethiopia in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection. He was responsible for the Guji and Borena zone. From 1997 to 1999, Guji was hit by large bushfires that destroyed 5000 forest acres. Tesfaye had the responsibility to rebuild and find new ways to conserve the area. “I came with the idea to replant the forests and also add coffee trees to enhance diversity. The local community agreed to my proposal and they asked me to provide the coffee seedlings.”
Tesfaye distributed large amounts of coffee seedlings among the community. He also reserved a piece of land and started a coffee seedling nursery. Eventually, he resigned from his government job altogether and became a full-time coffee farmer. Today, Tesfaye works together with 171 outgrowers who all deliver cherries to the Suke Quto Washing and Drying Station.
Tesfaye focusses on environmentally friendly coffee and on the economic growth of his community. He believes that farm workers should be able to earn a living income from sustainable coffee production. Tesfaye also initiated a community project that aims to renew local schools. They were recently able to build a new school in the neighboring village of Kurume.