Crop year: 2020
Bekele Legie is a private medium-sized producer that we came across two years ago. We say medium-sized because he is just in between a smallholder and an estate owner. He produces mostly naturals. He's located in the woreda called Konga where they are well known for producing some of the best lots from Yirgacheffe. Individual farmers in Ethiopia have been given more freedom to export their own coffee in recent years, but few farmers know where to start. They are not able to reach the importers or roasters on their own, so many continue to sell their coffee to washing stations where they earn a fixed price and lose their identity by being blended into larger lots.
Ayidefer, manager of a farmer representative company who introduced us to Bekele Legie, aims to help farmers connect directly with specialty importers and roasters.
“My goal is to bring those farmers forward and create a healthy business for all,” he said. ”If I manage to get a deal, I feel like I am helping my country as well as the farmers that produced the coffee."
These producers and their coffees have so much potential. Hopefully, we will be able to do more groundwork and product development with this kind of producer in the future.
Proudly roasted in Malaysia
This product was roasted with a direct-fire roasting machine, small batches with passion, and more than 6 years of roasting experience on the specialty coffee.
All coffee was roasted in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.