Ethiopia

Shakisso Farm

About

Shakisso Farm

Shakisso

Highlights

  • Shakisso coffees have classic and pronounced Guji profiles, including: citrics, florals, and stonefruits.
  • Haile is the Godfather of Guji coffee and founder of Shakisso: a 640-hectare semi-forest farm.
  • Shakisso coffees are Organic, RainForest Alliance, FairTrade USA certified.

Haile’s story

Coffee is Haile’s enemy and his friend. At the age of 10, Haile Gebre and his family flee their home near Yirgacheffe because feudal lords claim the land to produce coffee on a large scale. Although he is a son of a coffee smallholder, he feels betrayed by the bean. It took years for Haile to turn his childhood enemy into a dear friend.

After a fleeting three month stay at the University of Addis Ababa in his twenties, Haile joins the navy in 1972. His superiors find Haile to be a smart and cunning recruit, so they assign him to the engineering and navigation division. But for Haile, this role comes without challenge, so he returns to the University.

Haile’s imprisonment and government work

The back and forth from the army to University somehow pave a way to a government job. For Haile, this is yet another opportunity to do meaningful work for his country, instead of staying in the army. Haile works for the Ministry of Land Reform and the Cooperative Institute in Awassa from 1973 – 1976.

Haile is known to be a passionate and opinionated official. Too opinionated, for some superiors. His active approach towards sensitive social issues eventually brings him a 3-year prison sentence. When released, Haile decides to leave Ethiopia to study Business Management in Moscow.

After five years, Haile graduates in 1984 and returned to Addis Ababa to teach Cooperative Management. From there, he becomes the Oromia Regional Governor and established the Cooperative Bank of Oromia Cooperative Union – with a specific focus on coffee cooperatives.

Reconciling with coffee

In 2001, Haile reconciled with coffee. Together with his wife and seven daughters he returned to his coffee roots and made a home in the highlands of Guji. There, he inherited a piece of family land suitable to grow coffee. Haile started to dream big. He spread seedlings among locals and convinced them that this crop would change their lives.

In the last fifteen years, Haile saw Guji transform from a cattle farming area to a coffee region. This is due to his pioneering spirit and the cooperation between Tesfaye Bekele (Suke Quto Farm) and Menno Simons (founder of Trabocca). Together with his two friends, Menno and Tesfaye, Haile put Guji coffee on the map. Today, more than 45 washing stations and 55 dry mills have been established since the introduction of coffee in Guji zone.

Technical

Information

Region

guji

Certifications

Organic, Rainforest Alliance

Processes

Washed, Natural

Varieties

Mixed Heirloom

Altitude

1800 - 1800 masl.

Producer

Haile Gebre

Traceability

of supply-chain

  1. 1. Shakisso outgrowers


    Haile collects cherries from 380 neighboring outgrowers. On top of this, Haile hires 150 seasonal workers to pick cherries at Shakisso Farm during harvest.
  2. 2. Shakisso Washing Station


    All coffee cherries are processed at Shakisso Washing or Drying Station.
  3. 3. Mordecofe PLC Drymill


    Moredocofe PLC is the official name of Haile's business. Under this name, he operates a drying mill in Addis Ababa where Shakisso coffee is processed.
  4. 4. Mordecofe PLC


    Moredocofe PLC also acts as Exporter.
  5. 5. Shipping line


    As Trabocca, we work directly (as opposed to via third parties) with ocean lines, transport providers, and warehouses to negotiate fair prices and timely service.
  6. 6. Warehouses


    Trabocca has long-standing, proven relationships with over 15 warehouses globally. Shakisso coffee can be found at both USA and EU based warehouses.
  7. 7. Trabocca


    Besides selecting the finest Shakisso lots and providing logistical services, we check the quality of this coffee extensively. Type, stock, pre-shipment, and spot samples are all cupped by our Q Graders in Addis Ababa, Amsterdam, and Minneapolis.
  8. 8. You


    And finally, the Shakisso coffee arrives at your roasting facilities doorstep. Ready to be roasted and consumed by your audience.

Timeline

of Shakisso Farm

2001

Haile Gebre and his family begin Shakisso Farm.

2002

Haile spreads coffee seedlings among potential outgrowers.

2014

Haile and other prominent Guji growers vouch that Guji coffee should not be categorized as Sidamo type coffee. After several years of 'campaigning', they succeeded.

2018

Haile opens a drymill in Addis Ababa.

Pictures & links

of Shakisso Farm