Koye

  • First time cooperation: 2024
  • Cooperation model: Indirect Trade

About

Koye Farm is a hidden gem in the Gomma region of Western Ethiopia. Located near Agaro in the expansive Oromia zone, this farm is known for its exceptional coffee quality, thanks to the dedicated care of Mustefa Abalulessa Abagibe. With extensive knowledge and experience, he harvests and processes ripe coffee cherries into high-quality beans, which are then distributed to highland farmers. Koye Farm not only produces outstanding coffee but also contributes to the development of the local community.

Natural Conditions

Koye Farm is situated at an altitude of nearly 2100 meters above sea level, in an area that was once dense forest with a rich ecosystem before much of it was cleared for coffee cultivation. However, the preservation of shade from the dense tree canopy helps maintain the biodiversity of the original forest. The favorable natural features such as altitude, climate, and soil conditions provide ideal growing conditions for coffee at Koye Farm, allowing the beans to develop rich and unique flavors.

 


 

HISTORY

 

Koye Farm is tied to the mysterious and intriguing story of Mustefa’s father, Abalulessa. Before his death in 1977, he was a courageous guerrilla fighter against the oppressive Derg regime. In his final months, despite declining health, he hid in the forest and was cared for by an old friend. As a token of gratitude, Abalulessa asked his friend to report to the government that he had killed him to claim the reward. Later, as part of an amnesty and reconciliation program, the government returned the farm’s land to Mustefa’s family, where he and his brother Musa now farm.

 

Development journey

Mustefa and his brothers, Musa and Gugu, each own small farms in the Gomma, Agaro region. Mustefa and Musa jointly manage the Koye and Chanko farms. In 2006, Musa won a government competition, earning the opportunity to participate in AFCA in Uganda, a cash prize, and a coffee grinder. He used these resources to expand the cultivation area to 43.8 hectares.

However, in 2008, the establishment of the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX) ended direct export activities, forcing Musa to sell coffee in the Agaro market. By 2016, this policy was relaxed, allowing some farmers to retain their own export licenses. Musa was a pioneer in inspiring many other local producers to engage in direct exports to enhance the value of their coffee.

Sustainable development

Musa and Mustefa employ organic methods in managing the farm and diversify income through avocado cultivation and beekeeping. Profits from direct coffee exports are reinvested in developing infrastructure such as renovating plantations, building new drying beds, providing shade cloths, and expanding storage facilities. Additionally, the brothers support the community by supplying quality seeds to local seed banks.

With their relentless efforts, Mustefa and his family are gradually elevating Koye Farm to become a beacon of specialty coffee production in Ethiopia, bringing about positive changes in the lives of the farming community in the region.

Musa and Mustefa employ organic methods in managing the farm and diversify income through avocado cultivation and beekeeping. Profits from direct coffee exports are reinvested in developing infrastructure such as renovating plantations, building new drying beds, providing shade cloths, and expanding storage facilities. Additionally, the brothers support the community by supplying quality seeds to local seed banks.

With their relentless efforts, Mustefa and his family are gradually elevating Koye Farm to become a beacon of specialty coffee production in Ethiopia, bringing about positive changes in the lives of the farming community in the region.

Koye – Collaboration of XLIII Coffee