Welcome to an all-time favourite: Suke Quto! We’ve been buying coffee from owner Tesfaye for years, but this time we’re happy to introduce a naturally processed coffee from his farm. The relationship between Tesfaye and Menno perfectly shows how sharing knowledge and communicating directly with your farmers make innovation and quality improvement possible. Download the factsheet for more info or watch the interview with Tesfaye below.
- Country Ethiopia
- Region Guji, Sidamo
- Farm Suke Quto
- Variety Kurume, Welicho (Heirloom)
- Processing method Natural
- Altitude 1800 - 2200 Metres
- Harvest October - January
Interview Tesfaye and Menno at Kerkstraat 96, June 2018
About Suke Quto
Our relationship with owner Tesfaye goes long way back. We’ve been buying his coffee for years. This time we introduce naturally processed coffee from his farm. Those naturals used to be produced at the same location as the washed coffees. When our founder Menno visited the farm years ago, he advised Tesfaye to look for a separate location to produce the natural coffees. During peak harvest time, there was not enough room in the drying beds to dry the naturals properly. This effected the drying process and the quality that we were used to from his farm. Tesfaye followed Menno’s advice and with amazing results. For us, this shows perfectly how sharing knowledge and communicating directly with our farmers make innovation and quality improvement possible.
The foundation of the farm
The Suke Quto farm is located in the Guji Zone, South Eastern Ethiopia and was founded in 2005 by Tesfaye. After a large fire destroyed part of the surrounding area, locals started to grow teff (an annual grass) and corn on their lands. After a couple of years, however, this made the ground barren which is why Tesfaye came up with the idea of planting coffee and shade tree seedlings. Over 150 ‘out-growers’ are now replanting the forest, bringing organic coffee to the Suke Quto farm for processing. Nowadays, Suke Quto even has its own nursery farm, where they geminate coffee seeds.
Long term relationship and projects in origin
Tesfaye has been selling his coffee to Trabocca – a green coffee trading company also founded by Menno – since 2009. Trabocca rewards good harvests by paying Suko Quto’s organic certification and by implementing Operation Cherry Red at the farm. This programme stimulates farmers to only pick the reddest, ripest cherries. This produces a higher-quality coffee and they can ask a higher price for their efforts – which guarantees a better future for both the environment and the farmers. We also support this initiative by buying this coffee. And by purchasing this coffee, so will you. In 2017, we began to invest in another joint project of Tesfaye and Trabocca: the building of a school in the Kumure village where Suke Quto is located. The livelihoods of many people who work at the farm rely on the coffee production. In turn, the future of this wonderful coffee lies with them. The school will enable their children to go to a safe, fully-equipped school. And by buying this coffee, you also support them.
Brew advice espresso
- Dose double espresso 19 grams
- Extraction time 27 seconds
- Shot weight 44 grams
Brew advice filter
- Dose 15 grams
- Water 250 grams at 96 degrees
- Procedure 30 seconds bloom with 50 grams of water, fill up with water to 250 grams
- Total extraction time 2.30 minutes
Suke Quto, Ethiopia
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