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
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”.