Ethiopia Aleme Wako

Tastes Like : Black currant, citrus, tropical fruit
Origin : Ethiopia

Region : Kochere, Biloya

Varietal : Wolisho

Altitude : 1725 - 1780m

Process : Natural

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In the culture of Gedeo, a parcel of land from family is shared with a grandson as a blessing. As a grandson, Aleme was lucky to inherit his first coffee farm of 3 hectares from his grandfather. His father also granted him another 3.5 hectares of land.

In 1991, besides his income from teaching at Elementary school in Biloya town, he decided to diversify his livelihood to coffee farming and other small businesses. His main focus was on coffee farming and he has invested and put a lot of energy to increase his farm size and increase production and productivity. In doing so, he purchased additional coffee farm plots and he is currently harvesting coffee from a total of 11 hectares.

 

His farms are located between Biloya town and Baya village. Gedeo local landrace coffee varieties are used to grow on his original coffee farm. Over the years he has noticed poor yield and the high pressure of disease lower the quality of the local landrace coffee varieties, mainly due to the age of the plants.

The Bureau of Agriculture has presence in the area to support coffee farmers through the provision of improved coffee technologies and knowledge. Aleme participated on different coffee agronomy, processing and quality trainings and as a Bureau, he decided to replace some of the old local landrace coffee varieties with improved, modern varieties which are known for their high yield, superior quality, and disease resistance. Currently, Aleme harvests coffee from Wolisho and another two coffee berry disease resistant improved coffee varieties, namely 7441 and 74158.

 

His passion and dedication in coffee farming makes him an exemplary farmer in the area. He used to be the active member of Biloya primary co-operative and contributed significantly to the establishment of better post-harvest handling practices in the co-op. He left the co-operative in 2014 to pursue his dream of direct coffee sale to the national and international markets. However, the Ethiopian coffee marketing policy that was in place before 2017 stopped Aleme from seeing his dream of selling directly on the international market come true.

In 2017, a new coffee marketing and quality control policy was put in place that allowed Aleme and other small-scale coffee farmers around the country to participate directly in the international coffee market.

G Broad, a coffee business, research and development consulting company based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, has designed a coffee supply chain system for smallholder coffee farmers to help them directly sell their product in the international market. Aleme is among the hundreds coffee farmers who works with G Broad to get services on agronomy, processing, certification, QC, marketing, export cleaning, logistics, and business administration.

 

This is a a beautiful natural-processed coffee with range of subtle flavours that we've found through differing extraction yields and brew methods.