Tastes Like: Apricot, Jasmine
Varietal: Kurume, Welicho
Altitude: 1,800-2,000 masl
We are so amazed by this producer in the Guji region. Tesfeye Bekele has done so much for both sustainability of the region, and the community that lives there. In the late 90s Tesfeye was working in Natural Resource and Environmental Protection for the government of Ethiopia managing the Guji and Borena regions while they dealt with horrific bushfires. It was up to Tesfeye to come up with ways to rebuild and conserve the area. Instead of planting crops like maize and teff, Bekele encouraged them to replant the local forests along with coffee trees in order to increase diversity and sustain the region ecologically. The local community agreed in exchange for coffee seedlings to get started but when they heard it would take 4 to 5 years to see a harvest, most balked. Tesfeye ended up resigning his post and starting a farm himself in order to demonstrate that it was a viable and sustainable option. Once people saw what he managed to do, they came back and asked for seedlings.
From our importer, “Tesfaye focusses on environmentally friendly coffee and on the economic growth of the community. In other words, people should get a living income from sustainable coffee production. Tesfaye also initiated a community project that aims to renew local schools. With a handful of dedicated coffee roasters, Tesfaye has built a new school building in the neighboring village Kurume.
“Together with Haile Gebre, from Shakisso Farm, Tesfaye is one of the innovative forces that shaped the success of Guji coffee”