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Tiny Footprint Coffee

Ethiopia Guji | Suke Quto | Pulped Natural - Light Roast

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FLAVOR PROFILE Silkier and sweeter than our washed process version, with intense floral aromatics and red fruit tones, that dissolve into a sweet chocolate with notes of Earl Grey tea (bergamot) and light spice finish.


ROAST Light   

REGION Sidama, Guji Zone

PROCESS  Pulped Natural, dried on raised beds in the sun

ALTITUDE 1800-2200 meters

VARIETY Kurume and Welicho


More info about this coffee

Innovation is running rampant in source countries, much of it internet driven, never before have coffee framers had such access to knowledge created by other farmers in their own countries, let alone information gleaned from websites, forums, and social media generated by farmers located on other continents. But sometimes, still, being there person to person has the most profound impact.

The genesis of this specially prepared micro-lot is the first hand experience Tesfaye, Suke Quoto's proprietor, had tasting and experiencing the (previously foreign to Ethiopia) pulped natural process on a visit to Colombia.  Inspired upon his return home, Tesfaye started pulping and then drying on raised beds small lots of his cherry, trying to replicate the increased aroma, body and sweetness he savored in Colombia.  This lot is evidence of his success.

Traditionally, coffee in Ethiopia is processed either fully washed (pulped, wet fermented, washed, then dried) or full natural (the whole cherry sun-dried). With almost no coffees produced by the hybrid pulped natural process: where the skin of the cherry and part of the fruit are pulped (mechanically removed) before natural drying of the remaining fruit covering the parchment.  

Grown at over 6,000 feet (1800 meters +) under strict quality standards, the farm is part of a program established by our importing partner (and enabled ultimately by you) that pays for its organic certification and additional price premiums when quality standards are met.

More info about the Suke Quto farm

This is our kind of story, a heroic tale of a coffee farmer, Tesfaye, with a dream to grow specialty coffee under the shade of the forest canopy in and around his small 5 hectare farm. Sometime after Tesfaye founded Suke Quto in 2005, a large amount of the surrounding forest was consumed in a fire leaving his farm and neighboring land threatened by soil erosion and eventually desertification. This was exacerbated by many of his neighbors choosing to plant corn and teff in the now open fields. Tesfaye decided the only way out of this predicament was to turn his neighbors into ecologically friendly coffee farmers by giving them, in addition to his expertise, shade and coffee tree seedlings. Today, in addition to his now 221 hectare strong farm, he has over 150 neighbors delivering prime organic coffee cherry to his mill for processing.

-All 1 pound orders packaged in compostable kraft paper bags (100% compostable after label removal), learn more at our blog.

-100% Shade-Grown Arabica Bean Coffee

-Certified Organic


Ethiopia Guji | Suke Quto | Pulped Natural - Light Roast

Ethiopia Guji | Suke Quto | Pulped Natural - Light Roast