Coffee beans from Ethiopia
Transparency, sustainability and quality
Below you can read what we pay for the coffee.
|ORIGIN||Contract sign||Share price
|Ethiopia Gersi||2019-04-10||96,3||320||155||232 %||106 %|
Faysel Abdosh Yonis
In the village of Idido, not far from Yirgacheffe, Faysel Abdosh Yonis runs the farm Aricha, dating back to 2018. Around the farm 700 small-scale farmers live and work, each with their own unique land plot from which we continuously try exciting and unique coffee. On average each farmer owns 1-2 hectares of land, making it impossible to export efficiently alone. Instead they group together into different zones or “saving groups”, make collective investments and sell their coffee together. Over the years we have continuously bought our coffee from the Gersi zone, which is the highest growing zone and the zone with most complex taste characters. This is among the best coffee Ethiopia has to offer.
Adham Ziad Yonis is Faysel’s cousin and closest colleague who works on a daily basis to match the right coffee to the right customer. With big heart he helps us with everything in Ethiopia and with his perfect English, from his time in the army, he translates and helps us communicate with the Ethiopian farmers.
Another key person working next to Adham is Zimrat who runs Aricha and lives for specialty coffee.
Challenges and quality
At Aricha, farmers collectively grow the Arabica variety Kurume which the farmers and workers pick very carefully as they ripen. Lately they have begun experimenting with several new processing methods such as “winey” and anaerobic fermentation, although the vast majority of coffee is either traditionally sundried or washed.
The biggest challenges at Aricha is communicating to the farmers what makes a high-quality coffee, to focus on quality instead of quantity and, hence, favor both the producer and the environment. Controlling and standardizing the processing methods to make them repeatable and improvable is equally important, especially when so many farmers are involved with their own coffee.
Projects and results
Faysel took over the Aricha farm in very poor condition where several owners before him had promised the farmers electricity, clean water and access to schools but never delivering. Faysel and Adham together set up a plan as soon as they took over the farm and now, they have accomplished it! During spring 2019 a school was built in the village to give all the farmers’ children access to education and secure a brighter future.