ETHIOPIA Tula Gimbo
«Raspberry, red currant and milk chocolate»
Altitude 1820 m
Environment Altitude forest
Harvest period December to febuary
Harvest type Handly
Drying African beds
Zinabu produces specialtiy coffee, harvested in a dense forest in the Kaffa province, about 30km from Bonga. This former physics teacher chose to return to his native region a few years ago and grow coffee there. He puts his scientific knowledge, his rigor and his curiosity at the service of the production of a neat cup. Very attentive to the effects of the different agricultural practices and processes that follow the harvest, he always seeks to improve the work done on his farm.
This farm is located in the village of Tula, in the Kaffa province, 32 km from the main town of Bonga. Zinabu started its coffee activities here in 2005. The farm covers 92 hectares in which Zinabu exclusively cultivates the variety 74110, advised by the Jimma Research Center. He currently only produces natural processed coffee, but he will start setting up processes for fully washed coffee from this harvest. The Zinabu farm is part of the Usaid 'Feed the Future' program - American cooperation. This program, launched ten years ago, under Obama, aims to improve food security by working on agricultural practices in different countries of the world. Zinabu found in this cooperation an opportunity to develop its knowledge on process improvement. He is also supported by Usaid to organize training courses for around 80 farmers in his district, in particular on coffee management and harvesting. Very attached to the protection of the environment that covers his farm, he pays particular attention to the management of this rich forest. The diversity of trees that compose it provides a beautiful shade cover for coffee plants. These trees play a big role in soil fertility. The wanza leaves for example provide compost which enriches these soils. As is the tree called buto, whose flowers are also useful for the production of honey. Zinabu has also distributed 40 beehives in this forest. Zinabu has 30 African beds on his farm for drying natural coffee, to which he will add 10 beds for fully washed coffee.
THE STORY OF THE PRODUCER
Zinabu means rain, is a sign of hope and prosperity on these Ethiopian highlands where the arrival of the rainy season conditions all the crops of the year and the lives of the men of the earth who cultivate them. A positive name where this man of about fifty strives to live up to. Zinabu is a child of Kaffa, he grew up here, near Bonga and has always seen his family harvesting coffee. He first took another path, becoming a physics professor and holding positions throughout Ethiopia that led him to discover the wealth of his country. He lived a long time in Mekele in the North, but the fertile lands and the dense forests of his native region made him want to come back here as a farmer. He invested in the Tula farm almost 15 years ago with the aim of preserving the biodiversity of these lands to produce quality coffee. Always showing new ideas Zinabu would like to make this region more famous, especially for coffee lovers. He is currently building a lodge near his farm to receive visitors curious to dive into this beautiful coffee forest.