Suke Quto Pods
Mixed peel, jasmine, bright acidity, fresh body, light roast
Suke Quto is an organic farm in the Oromia region of Ethiopia. Tesfaye Bekele established the farm in 2005, just five hectares planted with coffee, and all grown under an established forest canopy. The farm now has 221 hectares of coffee, and another 150 small-holding farmers deliver their coffee to the farm for processing. The small-holding farmers started planting coffee with the help of Tesfaye after a bushfire in the area. Tesfaye distributed coffee and shade-tree seeds to the farmers after the fire and helped re-establish the natural forest in the area. Like all organic farmers, Tesfaye spends a lot of time working on and improving his organic mulch. This rich combination of leaf-litter, residue from shade-trees and coffee trees, as well as pulp from the coffee processing, provides the coffee trees with ample nutrients. Tesfaye has spent the last few years establishing his coffee-tree nursery where young plants are brought on from seed until they are ready to be planted out. The process could be described as almost fully circular, from seedlings to trees to pulp and pruning to mulch and back to the trees again.
Suke Quto is also available as whole beans and ground coffee.