Ethiopia - Zinabu Tula


Here's something we are especially happy about at the moment. Our first 100% traceable Ethiopian coffee sourced from a single farmer. Most often Ethiopian coffees come from cooperatives where hundreds of farmers can take part in. And while there's obviously a place and need for cooperatives as well, we have always hoped to gain the same level of traceability to our Ethiopian coffee offerings as we have to our coffees from Latin America.

This natural processed 74110 variety (one of the Ethiopian heirlooms) has wonderfully sweet, fruity, and floral flavors. You can find peach, jasmine, orange blossom, mandarine, and strawberry in the cup. 

We recommend this coffee for filter coffee, espresso, pour-over, AeroPress, French press, Moka pot.

Flavor notes: Peach, jasmine, orange blossom, mandarin and strawberry
Origin: Ginbo, Kaffa
Producer: Zinabu Abamecha
Variety: 74110 (Ethiopian Heirloom)
Processing: Natural
Altitude: 1820 masl
Importer: Belco 
Beginning of the relationship: 2020
FOB: 6,65$/kg


We met Zinabu Abamecha on his farm in early 2020 when we were traveling in Ethiopia. Our goal for the trip was to reach out to independent producers to find outstanding coffee and form direct long term relationships. His high altitude forest farm is situated in the heart of Kaffa appellation, south-western Ethiopia. The coffee trees grow in lush primary forest with heavy canopy shading them from bright sun and sometimes heavy rains. 

Our sourcing partner for Ethiopia, Belco Coffee, runs a project called Forrest Coffee led by Delphine Ayerbe and Jacques Chambrillon. The project focuses on coffees grown in high-altitude, primary forest habitats that are extremely rare and fragile ecosystems. Farmers who live next to their indigenous arabica trees are under economic pressure and therefore, so are the forests they cultivate in. Belco collaborates with farmers by studying farm ecosystems, advising on processing and farming methods, and spreading knowledge of forest-grown coffee. 

Zinabu has found his passion in coffee cultivation after years as a physics teacher.  When we met at the beginning of 2020 what struck us most was the state of his farm. While part of the farm was neatly organized and pruned, the other part is a totally untouched forest. Huge shade trees cover the farm and the amount of flora was overwhelming. Zinabu is dedicated to preserving the natural state of his land and cultivating domestic, indigenous varieties. In a country of one of the most rapidly growing populations in the world, indigenous forest areas turn to farmland for food in growing speed. In many cases, coffee cultivation by a committed farmer helps to preserve these rare ecosystems where coffee grows wild.


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