Ethiopia – Tefera Kebede
Our Tefera Kebede from Ethiopia is one of the lots that have come from a group of small farmers in the Sidama region of Southern Ethiopia.
With the help of his wife and eleven children, Terefa Kebede owns and manages 6 hectares of coffee in the village of Hache in Bensa, Sidama. With the changes to export laws in Ethiopia, small producers are now able to market their coffee directly, but this is still very challenging, and few have access to capital to make this happen. Tefera and the other members of the group all have their own export licenses, however this year they have assigned Buriso Amaje as their group leader and he coordinated the milling and export of the coffee alongside our partner Falcon Speciality’s team in Addis Ababa.
Since these producers are small, their main limitation is cash flow, so Falcon pre-financed the coffee in order to ensure they weren’t forced to sell their coffee locally for cash. And Falcon also plans to train them on farm management and picking, processing and drying. To enable them to make the most of amazing potential that shines in their coffee.
Terefa grows Arabica varieties 74158 and 74160 which are both selections from the Jimma research centre. These varieties were selected from wild plants in the Metu-Bishari forest in the Illuababora zone in Western Ethiopia. They’re widely distributed varieties across Ethiopia and were selected for their resistance to Coffee Berry Disease and high yield. These two varieties have very pronounced citrus and floral notes. All of Tefera’s coffee is natural processed and dried at the family home on raised beds.