Peach, Jasmine, Blackberry Pastry
Suke Quto Farm & Washing Station, Odo Shakisso, Guji Zone, Oromia Region, Ethiopia
||Tesfaye Bekele's Suke Quto Farm & Washing Station
||Kurume & Welicho
“I don’t consider myself to be a coffee farmer, because coffee is everything to me. All my time and energy are placed into the beans that I harvest and process.”
Tesfaye Bekele is responsible for putting Guji specialty coffee on the map. While the Guji zone was dominated by cattle farmers, he sought new ways to make coffee popular in Guji. From 1997 to 1999, the Guji region was devastated by wildfires. Working in the Natural Resource and Environmental Protection agency for Ethiopia, it was Tesfaye’s responsibility to rebuild and conserve the region. One plan was to circulate coffee tree seedlings to local farmers.
Discouraged to produce coffee due to its long initial yield of 4-5 years, the community instead continued cattle farming. Determined, Tesfaye resigned from his position and started his farm and washing station, Suke Quto, to show everyone that coffee was worth the time and effort. The community witnessed Tesfaye’s success, and the Guji region is now one of the revered coffee growing regions across the globe.
Tesfaye’s washing station also takes in community coffees to wash before sending off to the dry mill.