Ethiopia Dimtu Tero (Organic) Filterper 250g
Stewed apricot and lemon curd with a lingering meringue sweetness. Elegant and floral.
- Shade Grown
- Glyphosate Free
The Guji zone has long been known for exceptional and sustainable coffee production. Coffee entrepreneur Getachew Zekele is a young, vibrant leader in this movement. Since 2016, Getachew has operated the Dimtu Tero farm, a private 100% Organic, 151 hectare coffee and forest conservation farm, where this lot of mixed heirloom was produced.
Getachew produces coffee primarily for processing and sale through his own supply chain, and works with a network of over 400 outgrowers to sourced coffee beyond Dimtu Tero farm’s borders. Though they are not formally organised as a cooperative, these outgrowers work with Getachew every year and give him priority for their best quality cherry. In exchange, Getachew provides training, quality control, support for certification and administration, and forward financing for their crops.
We have been purchasing from Dimtu Tero since their first year in 2016, and enjoy their clean, sweet and vibrant coffees immensely every year.
- Producer Getachew Zekele
- Farm Dimtu Tero Farm
- Processing Washed
- Varieties Mixed Heirloom
- Harvest End December 2020
- Altitude 1808 – 2128 masl
- Region Tero Kebele, Guji zone, Oromia
The Guji Zone’s reputation as one of the centres of exceptional coffee production was cemented in the 2000s by pioneers including Haile Gebre of Shakisso farm and Tesfaye Bekele of Suke Quto farm, both long time producers for us at Dukes. Tesfaye and Haile paved the way for the next generation of entrepreneurial producers, and Getachew Zekele has taken up the mantle of exceptional, sustainable coffee with his unique Dimtu Tero coffee farm.
Getachew Zekele grew up in Addis Ababa but moved south to Guji for his father’s work when Getachew was a teenager. He immediately realised that coffee was a central part of life for the Gedeo people, and for the growers in Guji in particular. “Coffee is a respected crop in this area” Getachew explains. “The community uses coffee in rituals and ceremonies, as well as a blessing for traditional leaders”. After finishing school, Getachew settled in Tero Kebele as a permanent home. Despite growing up in the big city, Getachew decided to stay in Tero because of the coffee with big dreams for the coffee growing community there. “I came with the idea to invest in the area and work with the community”, says Getachew.
In 2010, he began to engage with the coffee market by establishing the ASB Coffee Exporting company, which was focused on exporting coffees through the ECX. A little over two years later, in 2012, Getachew opened his washing and dry milling station in the Dimtu Tero district. This washing station, along with an outpost in Uraga district, quicky grew to hold a distinguished reputation in the local community. Over time the past nine years, Getachew has attracted a group of 416 outgrowers with a total area under cultivation of 989 hectares. These growers are mostly smallholders who grow coffee in small coffee “gardens” surrounding the Tero, Jelewo Anona, Mancity and Hangadi villages. These growers, though they are not formally unionised or members of a cooperative society, work with Dimtu Tero every year and give priority to their best quality coffees to the Dimtu Tero washing station when it comes time to sell their cherry.
Though these are small producers who mostly grow coffee as a cash crop or side business, Getachew treats each one as a valued partner with the support and training in place to help them achieve the best quality – and hence attract the best prices for their cherry. Getachew pens a contract with each outgrower that guarantees support with compost and other organic inputs, seedlings and training, as well as premium purchase prices for traceable coffee cherry. Dimtu Teru also handles the compliance and certification of the coffee farms and pays for associated certification costs. In exchange, the outgrowers are expected to meet standards of training attendance and cup quality, as well as a guarantee to prioritise Dimtu Tero for the best lots of cherry.
“I want to be one of the leading coffee producers, processors, and exporters in the country that customers trust on quality, traceability, and sustainability.” Getachew says. With this goal in mind, Getachew launched the Dimtu Tero farm in 2016, a 151 hectare coffee and conservation farm that is fully integrated in to the forest north of Tero Kebele. The farm is 100% Organic, with certifications covering USDA NOP, EU and Japan JAS, along with RFA and UTZ certifications. Getachew produces coffee primarily for processing and sale through his own supply chain, as well as haricot beans and Ensete – an important local food source in Ethiopia, whose root features strongly in Ethiopian cooking and has been used as intercropping for coffee for generations by the Gedeo people.
Like Haiele Gebre and Tesfaye Bekele before him, Getachew Zekele has built an impressive coffee supply chain in Guji that links smallholder growers – as well as coffee from his own farm – with buyers directly through his Dimtu Coffee Industry Plc. This ability to move and monitor coffee all the way from cherry to final export is enviable for the level of control over quality it provides. This system also provides a level of surety for every participant in the supply chain that their interests will be considered, and both coffee and funds will move freely and reliably – not something to be taken for granted in Ethiopia!