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Ethiopia Suke Quto Organic
Ethiopia Suke Quto Organic

Ethiopia Suke Quto Organic

Honey, Lemon Grass, Persimmon

Ethiopia Suke Quto Organic

Ethiopia Suke Quto Organic $19.00

  • 12oz
  • 2lb
Whole Bean
  • Whole Bean
  • Coarse (French Press)
  • Regular (Drip/Pour Over)
  • Fine
  • Espresso


Producer: Tesfaye Bekele
Farm: Suke Quto

Guji zone

Roast Level

Light Med Lt Med Med Drk Dark
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Tastes Like

Complex with flavors of honey, apricot, caramel, lemongrass, persimmon, and green apple.


5,900-7,200 feet


Kurume, Welicho


Pulped Natural

The Story

We are pleased to offer the first of two lots from Suke Quto farm this season. This lot was processed by the pulped natural method (also known as honey processed,) which is highly unusual in Ethiopia. Known for its stunning washed and natural processed coffee, some growers in Ethiopia are beginning to experiment with new processing techniques. With the pulped natural method, the skin of the coffee cherry is removed but the fruit mucilage remains on the seed during the drying stage. The resulting flavor tends to be smoother than a standard washed process coffee, with a fruit forward character reminiscent of natural processed types. While visiting Ethiopia in January of 2018 we tasted some of the initial results of these pulped natural tests, and were generally unimpressed with the flavor profiles, especially when compared to the traditional washed lots. In the years since we have tasted more sample, usually with the same results. When we received this Suke Quto sample however, our impression changed. This lot expresses a massive range of fruit flavors, while also retaining balance we did not recognize in the first pulped natural lots we sampled.

Suke Quto is owned and operated by Ato Tesfaye Bekele, one of the people that helped put the Guji region on the specialty coffee map. Tesfaye comes from a coffee-producing family but started his working career in the Ethiopian government’s Natural Resource and Environmental Protection department. The Guji region suffered from large wildfires in the late 1990s that destroyed thousands of acres of forestland. As a responsible government official, Tesfaye worked to provide an alternative to intensive crops like maize and tef, with the idea of replanting the forests with indigenous flora, including coffee. The local community agreed to the proposal but when they found out it could take 4-5 years before the plants would yield fruit, they lost interest. He couldn’t even find people manage the seedling nursery, so he resigned from his government position to focus on coffee farming. Once he began harvesting coffee the community returned to inquire about seedlings.

At nearly 550 acres, Suke Quto coffee farm, washing station and dry mill have become a force in the highlands of Guji. Strict organic farming practices are practiced, and the operation holds both organic and Rainforest Alliance certifications. Suke Quto works with 171 neighboring farmers that deliver coffee cherries to the mill. Over 200 seasonal workers are employed to harvest and process the coffee. Their focus is on the production of environmentally friendly coffee in an economic manner that benefits the community. The goal is to help people earn a living income from sustainable coffee production.
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