Ethiopia

Burka Gudina Farm

About

Burka Gudina Farm

Burka Gudina

Highlights

  • Classic clean Limu coffees with juicy-floral notes and vibrant acidity.
  • Ibrahim Hussein, the owner of Burka Gudina Farm, pays his workers a higher salary than average.
  • Burka Gudina coffee is Organic, UTZ, RFA, and Café Practice certified.

The story of Ibrahim Hussein

Burka Gudina is a large, privately owned, coffee farm in the Limmu Kosa woreda (district) in Ethiopia’s Jimma zone. It is owned by Ibrahim Hussein who, as a young boy, fell in love with coffee growing up on the farm that used to belong to his father, and his father’s father before him.

When the communist regime took over in the 70s, Ibrahim’s father lost his farm, leaving him with just a dry mill in the town of Limu Genet.But Ibrahim’s passion for coffee was not something that would die away easily. Always remembering the halcyon days of his childhood – crossing rivers by mule, eating around a campfire with his father – he always dreamt of going back to growing coffee on a large farm.

In the early 90s, the communist regime fell, and Ibrahim got a chance to make his dreams a reality. Although he did not get his father’s land back, Ibrahim purchased 205 hectares of land quite close to his old stomping grounds. This is now the source of Burka Gudina’s grade one coffee, the culmination of Ibrahim’s passion and fulfillment of his dreams.

The Burka Gudina Farm

When Ibrahim’s grandfather started growing coffee, coffee was the major crop grown in the area. The same holds true today, and it is no surprise as this land is a perfect coffee country. Situated at an altitude ranging from 1800 to 2000 meters above sea level, the Burka Gudina farm rests on densely forested hills that roll up and down in gentle slopes.

Shade grown coffee

Over half the trees covering the farm are acacia trees, and the rest are a mix of other endemic forest trees including wanza (Sudan teak), grevillea, and berbera (African teak). In the shade of this beautiful forest, Ibrahim grows carefully selected local varieties of coffee that grow well in high altitudes and that are resistant to disease.

Over the 19 years since the farm was established, he has set up a good team of farmers (70 of them) and managers and the farm runs like a well-oiled machine.

The Burka Gudina flavor

Ibrahim’s Burka Gudina coffee has a similar taste profile to other Limu coffees, but the farm’s altitude and weather conditions give the coffee its own unique taste. This flavor has slowly gained recognition in the specialty coffee world, and Ibrahim’s clients include buyers in Europe, the US, and Japan.

Good management and high payment effects the Burka Gudina coffee

Knowing how important it is to maintain the quality of his coffee, Ibrahim invests heavily in training his farmers and arranges regular visits and workshops with industry professionals.

“Good management is the key to good coffee”, says Ibrahim, adding “we pay farmers on time and pay them a higher salary. So, laborers like to work for us. This means people work well for us, and this, in turn, has an effect on the taste of our coffee.”

What the Future Holds for Burka Gudina

Burka Gudina is a well-established farm now. Ibrahim focuses most of his energy on certification (the farm has Organic, UTZ, RFA and Café Practice certification) and finding new buyers for his grade one coffee. He is also working on installing a digital color sorter in Addis Ababa to further improve the sorting of his coffee.

The workers on the ground are focused on ways to increase the farm’s yield while maintaining quality and leaving the environment undisturbed. As Ibrahim says, “What we have in our hands is the collective wealth of everyone in the world. It is our duty to pass it on undamaged to the next generation. That way, our coffee can be enjoyed for centuries to come.”

Technical

Information

Region

limu

Certifications

Organic, Rainforest Alliance

Processes

Washed, Natural

Varieties

Mixed

Altitude

1800 - 2000 masl.

Producer

Ibrahim Hussein

Cupping notes

Traceability

of supply-chain

  1. 1. Burka Gudina Farmers


    Ibrahim works together with 70 permanent farmers and 300 to 400 temporary workers during harvest.
  2. 2. Burka Gudina Washing Station


    The 300 to 400 workers, and a handful of experienced managers, are responsible for processing the Burka Gudina coffee. 65% of Ibrahim's coffee is washed.
  3. 3. Burka Gudina Drying Station


    At Burka Gudina, you will also find enough raised African drying beds to process natural coffees - the remaining 35% harvested at Burka Gudina.
  4. 4. Abebe Muligta and SMS milling


    Ibrahim has two partners for the milling that is done in Addis Ababa: Abebe Muligta and SMS milling.
  5. 5. Ibrahim Hussein Coffee Exporter


    Ibrahim has set up an export operation under his own name 'Ibrahim Hussein Coffee Exporter'. He is able to negotiate the prices of his coffee himself.
  6. 6. 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.
  7. 7. Warehouses


    Trabocca has long-standing, proven relationships with over 15 warehouses globally. Suke Quto coffee can be found at USA and EU based warehouses.
  8. 8. Trabocca


    Besides selecting the finest Burka Gudina 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.
  9. 9. You


    And finally, the Burka Gudina coffees arrive at your roasting facilities doorstep. Ready to be roasted and consumed by your audience!

Timeline

of Burka Gudina Farm

1974

Ibrahim’s father loses his farm in the Limmu Kossa woreda.

2000

Ibrahim Hussein establishes the Burka Gudina Farm close to his old stomping grounds.

2001

Ibrahim starts looking for farmers and managers to make Burka Gudina work like a well-oiled machine.

2019

Ibrahim upgrades his Addis Ababa-based drymill with a digital color sorter to improve quality.

Pictures & links

of Burka Gudina Farm