Ethiopia - Girma Bekele - Natural
Coffee farming business is such an attractive sector that get the attention of a young man who is professionally a nurse but ended up doing coffee farming. Girma Bekele, a young smallholder coffee farmer who is based in Biloya village in Kochere Woreda surprises most of us when we heard for the first time how he ended up doing coffee farming by quitting his job at a local clinic as a nurse. He grew up in Biloya village in a coffee farming family. During his elementary and high school ages, he used to help his father on coffee farming, harvesting and processing. Over time he developed a great interest in coffee farming and producing high quality coffee.
In 2007, Girma inherited from his family a total of 5.16 hectares of coffee farm available in Biloya and Debo villages. When he received the farms, most of old local landrace poor yielding and disease susceptible coffee varieties were replaced by high yielding and disease resistant local landraces and improved coffee varieties. Currently, he harvests coffee from Walisho, Dega, Kurume and 74112 coffee varieties. Girma likes to experiment different coffee processing techniques and in 2019/20 alone he produced high quality natural and anaerobic natural coffees. Since the new coffee policy encourages small holder coffee farmers to directly participate in the international coffee market, Girma is motivated to experiment and deliver different coffee types to the market. He is the only farmer who floats cherries under water before taking to raised beds. This process helps him to sort out insect damaged cherries, lighter cherries and others.
ALTITUDE : 1725 - 1980m
ORIGIN : Ethiopia, Kochere
VARIETAL: Wolisho, Dega, Kurume
PROCESSING : Natural
NOTES: Blueberry, liquorice, tea like