Ethiopia Suke Quto (organic)
Floral, White Peach, Sweet Lemon
Guji, Odo Shakisso Woreda
Tesfaye Bekele Farmer, Suke Quto Farm
Organic and Rainforest Alliance certified
Kurume, Welicho Varietals
1800 - 2200 masl
The farm is owned and operated by Ato Tesfaye Bekele, one of the people that helped to put the Guji region on the specialty coffee map. He comes from a coffee-producing family but started his working career in the Ethiopian government’s Natural Resource and Environmental Protection department. The Guji region suffered from large wildfires in the late 1990s that destroyed thousands of acres of forestland. As a responsible government official, Tesfaye worked to provide an alternative to intensive crops like maize and tef, with the idea of replanting the forests with indigenous flora, including coffee. The local community agreed to the proposal but when they found out it could take 4-5 years before the plants would yield fruit, they lost interest. He could not even find people to manage the seedling nursery, so he resigned from his government position to focus on coffee farming. Once he began harvesting coffee the community returned to inquire about seedlings.
At nearly 550 acres, Suke Quto coffee farm, washing station and dry mill have become a force in the highlands of Guji. Strict organic farming practices are practiced, and the operation holds both organic and Rainforest Alliance certifications. Suke Quto works with 171 neighboring farmers that deliver coffee cherries to the mill.