In 2001, Haile Gebre left his government post as director of all cooperative business in Ethiopia. He returned to his home to cultivate coffee on his grandfather’s land in the highland old growth forests of Southern Ethiopia. Haile owns and operates two farms and a washing station under the Mordecofe umbrella, ‘Mora Mora River Valley Development Coffee’, in the Guji Province about 200 miles from the Kenyan border. This organization works with medium sized coffee farmers in the immediate area to produce high quality, organic coffee. They produce approximately 344 tons of coffee annually on 640 hectares of land.
By providing a 100 percent organic certified product, Mordecofe supports a better life for the community of farmers and their families while promoting environmental stewardship. Farmers are provided new seedlings through nursery sites and extensive education on harvesting, cherry selection and organic agricultural practices. Twelve permanent staff members offer practical experience in coffee production, processing, and harvesting. In addition, 200 temporary workers are hired during the harvest. Some subsidiary projects include beekeeping to produce honey and eco-tourism opportunities for travelers.
We’re proud to continue offering Direct Trade Mordecofe. Mordecofe is a model of a private sector development in Ethiopia. Through its Direct Trade relationships, they secure fair and livable wages for their employees and the family of farmers.
At Mordecofe, the coffee cherry is processed with a 6-disc depulper then fermented in tanks before being washed. Haile Gebre’s process includes a six hour washing technique that leaves his coffee beans perfectly clean of any remaining fruit, alcohol and sugars. After soaking, the coffee beans are gently dried on raised beds increasing the tactile sensation and therefore creating a supremely balanced coffee.
In 2010, they added a Probat double sample roaster and grinder to the operation. This allows farmers an opportunity to cup their coffees and increases their understanding of remarks about their coffee. Starting in 2012, with support from our exporter partners, Mordecofe began experimenting with new heirloom varieties over a 100 hectare area to identify plants with superior cup quality and good yields. Due to the high premiums paid in 2011, Mordecofe invested in building a second washing station on the farm.
Mordecofe is a model of a private sector development in Ethiopia. Through its Direct Trade relationships, they secure fair and livable wages for their employees and the family of farmers.
New in 2013:
Haile Gebre and Stumptown teamed up to arrange a method to track cherry selection more closely. This collaboration opened the possibilities of interesting flavor combinations by selecting from various plots on the farm. Haile still develops his nursery with new plant material which enables him to continue the proper renovation that’s so vital to Ethiopia’s genetic coffee history.