Red Bank Coffee - Suke Quto (2020) - Ethiopia
250g Whole Bean
Origin Suke Quto Farm, Shakiso, Guji, Oromia, Ethiopia
Altitude 1,800-2,200 MASL
Variety Kurume, Welicho
Certification EU Organic, Rainforest Alliance
Notes Black Tea, Cola, Honeydew Melon
Journey Follow Suke Quto's journey here
Suke Quto, one of our favourite and most-loved coffees, is back... but not as you know it! Over the course of the last couple of years, huge efforts have been made by our importing partner Trabocca, in collaboration with Fairfood, to improve the traceability of this coffee.
The Suke Quto farm was set up by Tesfaye Bekele following a bushfire in the area. In order to conserve the remaining forest he distributed coffee and shade-tree seedlings amongst the local community, and recruited out-growers to replant the forest. The out-growers harvest the coffee each year, and deliver it to the Suke Quto Farm for processing.
This year we are able to tell you the name of each of the 278 contributing out-growers, how much coffee each of them delivered to the farm, and how much they were paid for it. You can also see details of the coffee's subsequent journey to Trabocca's storage facility in Holland, its last port of call before onward shipment to ourselves.
Follow Suke Quto's journey here.
With a background in agronomy, horticulture and quality-control, producing sustainable, high-quality coffee is at the heart of Tesfaye's operation. The coffee is EU Organic and Rainforest Alliance certified, and the farm participates in Trabocca’s “Cherry Red” scheme that rewards farmers for hard work and innovation.
As always, the coffee itself is absolutely delicious. In the cup it is super clean, and reminds us of black tea, cola, and honeydew melon. When it comes to meeting our guiding principles of quality, traceability and sustainability, it doesn't get much better than this!