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Zoom Ethiopia Suke Quto Organic - Equator Coffees
Zoom Ethiopia Suke Quto Organic - Equator Coffees

Ethiopia Suke Quto Organic

We are please to be offering coffee from Tesfaye Bekele's Suke Quto for the third year in a row. An organic favorite from the highlands of the Guji zone in Ethiopia, this coffee features delicate flavors of vanilla wafer, dried pineapple, lavender, and brown sugar.

Flavor Profile

  • Origin

    Guji Zone

  • Tasting Notes

    Delicate flavors of vanilla wafer, dried pineapple, lavender, and brown sugar.

  • Roast Level

    Light Med Lt Med Med Dark Dark

Origin Story

Tesfaye Bekele

Suke Quto coffee farm is owned and operated by Ato Tesfaye Bekele, one of the people that helped to put the Guji region on the specialty coffee map. At nearly 550 acres, Suke Quto coffee farm, washing station and dry mill have become a force in the highlands of Guji. 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.


5,900-7,200 feet


Kurume, Welicho



Why We Love This Coffee

We are pleased to be offering coffee from Suke Quto for the third year in a row. This coffee is the first of two offerings and is fully washed, similar to the lots we have purchased in the past. We enjoy the coffee so much that we decided to purchase a unique honey processed lot this year as well, a processing method seldom seen in Ethiopia.

  • Certified Organic
    Certified Organic
  • Sustainably Sourced
    Sustainably Sourced

Good Coffee, Better Planet

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 could not even find people to 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.

Strict farming practices are practiced on Suke Quto, and the operation holds both organic and Rainforest Alliance certifications.


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