Ethiopia

the Alemayehu Daniel Farm

About

the Alemayehu Daniel Farm

Alemayehu Daniel Farm

Highlights

  • Alemayehu delivers sweet natural Yirgacheffe coffees filled with notes of strawberry, lemon, rosemary, and lavender.
  • Alemayehu’s coffee was auctioned in The Ethiopian Cup and Operation Cherry Red Auction.
  • Alemayehu has his own export license.

It was 1961, and a young Ethiopian man set out from his home in Sidamo and headed to the lush forests around Worka Chalbesa near Gedeb to seek his fortune. Young Daniel Miju was single at the time he set up his coffee and false banana farm.

He soon found a wife, and following the culture of his people, married two more wives over the years. Daniel had many children – thirteen boys and ten girls – and lived to a ripe old age, leaving his land to his sons, one of whom is Alemayehu Daniel.

One of Alemayehu’s biggest concerns is carrying on his father’s name and legacy. His father’s land has been divided among him and his brothers, with each receiving a little over 10 hectares. Here, on this well-watered land that is shaded by towering indigenous trees, Alemayehu grows some of the best Gedeb coffee you can find.

Daniel Miju’s legacy and

Alemayehu Daniel Farm

When Daniel Miju divided his land among his sons, he gave each of his son’s coffee seedlings so they could grow their own coffee. It is from this source that Alemayehu’s coffee comes.

Alemayehu’s father left behind a family that stands together, and while each brother has his own land and crop, they all work as one, even taking turns to watch over each other’s coffee – especially important after the cherries have been picked and are drying.

Alemayehu Daniel Farm

During harvest season, Alemayehu hires 40-60 people to ensure ripe cherries are picked on time. They are washed, and he personally makes sure the cleaning is top-notch. Once the cherries are dry, he takes them to Gedeb.

Alemayehu’s coffee used to find its way to the market through a union, but he has since taken out an export license of his own. This is his second year working under his own license. He has won awards from the government for the quality of his coffee.

Auction coffee

In 2018, one of his lots was sold via the Operation Cherry Red Auction, and Alemayehu and his brothers were thrilled. His only regret is that his father did not hear about the auction before he passed away just two years ago.

This gives me a chance to provide for my family better, give my children a better education; and maybe even buy a car and a house in Dilla. I can grow my farm and carry on my father’s name.

Alemayehu Daniel

Higher premiums
for a better life

Alemayehu spends a large amount of cash-paying his temporary help at harvest time, getting his coffee to Gedeb, getting it cleaned, and getting it to Addis Ababa – from where its flavors head out to the world.

The higher premium he can receive from international sales means he can invest in much-needed equipment, such as a generator and lights, and raise his standard of living and that of his family.

Alemayehu’s family

“I can’t work without her”, Alemayehu says of his wife who prepares meals for the workers during harvest time and oversees the farm when Alemayehu has to travel to Addis Ababa.

She is also in charge of preparing organic compost for the coffee trees. Alemayehu himself is a father of eight – six boys and two girls. “There is no going backwards, only going forwards”, he says with a smile.

Technical

Information

Region

yirgacheffe

Certifications

Non-Certified

Processes

Natural

Varieties

Mixed Heirloom

Altitude

2050 - 2110 masl.

Producer

Alemayehu Daniel

Traceability

of supply-chain

  1. 1. Pickers


    Alemayehu hires 40-60 people to ensure ripe cherries are picked on time.
  2. 2. Drying beds


    Pickers deliver cherries at farm house. Alemayehu dries his cherries for 15 days.
  3. 3. Agent


    Alemayehu contracts an agent that assists him in selling the coffee.
  4. 4. Drymill


    Dried cherries are brought to Gedeb town before heading to the drymill in Addis Ababa.
  5. 5. Alemayehu Daniel Miju Small Scale Coffee Producer And Exporter


    Alemayehu Daniel has his own export license and can export himself. His agent assists in the procedures.
  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. The coffee can from Alemayehu can be found in our USA and EU based warehouses.
  8. 8. Trabocca


    Besides selecting the finest lots from Alemayehu's farm 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 coffee from Alemayehu arrives at your roasting facilities doorstep. Ready to be roasted and consumed by your audience.

Timeline

of the Alemayehu Daniel Farm

1961

Daniel Miju’s, Alemayehu's father, moves to Gedeb to settle and grow coffee.

2018

Alemayehu delivers one of the top lots of the Operation Cherry Red Auction.

2019

Alemayehu delivers one of the finest lots of The Ethiopian Cup.

Pictures & links

of the Alemayehu Daniel Farm