Suke Quto Farm

After a bushfire, with a mind on forest conservation, Tesfaye Bekele started the organic-certified Suke Quto Farm and washing station in the Guji region.

Partnered with Stumptown: 2010

Varieties: Wolichoo and Kurumee

Processing Techniques: Washed, Natural

What’s New: This year, we’re offering two coffees from Suke Quto. We’ve also invested in a school improvement project in the surrounding region.

The Producer

Suke Quto is a washing station owned by Tesfaye Bekele which represents 323 coffee growers and three farms growing exquisite coffee from the Guji region.

After a bushfire, Tesfaye helped conserve the remaining forest by distributing coffee and shade tree seedlings to the local community. He recruited out-growers to help replant the forest. With this, Tesfaye accomplished his dream for Suke Quto: to grow and process environmentally-friendly coffee and help to sustain the local community with a consistent income source. The local smallholders harvest organic coffee and deliver it to Suke Quto for processing.

The Place

Most of the farmers who bring their coffee to this washing station cultivate coffee, grow vegetables and raise cattle on small farms which average two hectares set on gentle slopes between 1850-2200 meters above sea level. Between the tall mountains and highland plateaus of the Guji Zone, the dark brown, volcanic, nutrient-rich soil here offers prime growing conditions for coffee. The farmers maintain soil health with organic recycling from coffee, weeds and shade trees.

The Process

Before owning Suke Quto, Tesfaye Bekele contributed his own coffee as an out-grower to the Ethiopia Mordecofe lot years ago. His experience as an agronomist, horticulture specialist, accountant and quality specialist helps him to produce sustainable and environmentally friendly coffee while helping to strengthen the local economy.

Unlike many farmland areas in Ethiopia, Suke Quto’s coffee consists predominantly of two coffee varieties: Wolichoo and Kurumee. Large coffee cherries with a purplish-red color and deep green leaves distinguish the Wolichoo variety. In contrast, Kurumee’s beans are small and dense.