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Tibebu Roba
ETHIOPIA
Tibebu Roba

Papaya, pineapple, funky acidity, syrupy body, Medium roast

ETHIOPIA
Tibebu Roba

Papaya, pineapple, funky acidity, syrupy body, Medium roast

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Tibebu Roba was born in Dilla, where he grew up assisting his dad in coffee farming. Tibebu moved to Chelchele to work as an evangelical preacher. In Chelchele he noticed the land potential to grow coffee and started his plantation in 1982, and today he has 8.3 hectares planted. His wife runs a clothing store in the town, and they have seven children together. The farm is in western Chelchele at an average 2100 metre above sea level. The rich red/brown loamy soil is highly suitable for coffee plants.

This lot was purchased through the Operation Cherry Red programme, set up by Trabocca (trabocca.com). In 2018 Trabocca invited individual producers to prepare a special lot, all of which were from individual farmers and 27 were delivered to the warehouse in Addis Ababa. Tibebu Roba was one these producers. That year, we bought coffees from Nigasu Wesy, Alemayehu Daniel, Tessema Edima and Gizaw Alemayehu from Shifo. These producers have an export licence since the Ethiopian Coffee Exchange (ECX) relaxed its rules in 2017 and allowed producers to sell directly to buyers such as Trabocca as long as the producers and buyers have an export contract issued. The minimum farm size is two hectares and producers can then apply for an export license and sell directly to importers. When the ECX started in 2008, traceability from private washing stations and producers was not available and coffees were sold on a regional/taste profile basis.