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Tesfaye Bekele

FARM(S): Suke Quto Farm

REGION: Odo Shakiso, Guji, Ethiopia

COFFEE PRODUCTION: 10 hectares

PROCESSING METHOD(S): Washed

VARIETIES: Karume & Wolisho

ELEVATION: 1,950+ meters above sea level

 

 

HIS STORY

In 2000, a massive wildfire destroyed nearly 70,000 hectares of land throughout Odo Shakiso and three other nearby woredas. Out of a desire to preserve the forest and save it from transforming into a mining operation, Tesfaye, founder of Suke Quto Farm, took it upon himself to distribute coffee and shade tree seedlings to a dedicated group of 150 outgrowers. Together they were able to start regrowing the area of forest that surrounds the Suke Quto Farm.

In his words: “We are not only buying the coffee. We are protecting the forest and buying the nature”.

ON THE MAP

Nestled in the highlands of the Odo Shakiso woreda, the Suke Quto Farm is a totally wild, organic treasure chest of regional Guji landraces.

THE FARM

The Suke Quto Farm is entirely organic. They use no fertilizers or pesticides and do no deforestation. Nearly 60% of the coffee trees are covered in canopy by shade trees. Tesfaye maintains a strict focus on ecological conservation. His passion for sustainability allows him to produce high quality coffee that shines on the world stage. Suke Quto continues to innovate and expand his social impact. Tesfaye and team work with hundreds of coffee growers in the region at two different processing stations. His work is an inspiration throughout Ethiopia and on the global stage.

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