The village where the cooperative is located is called Suddi Omi, named after the Suddi flower and a local tree, the Omi. Legend has it that people from the surrounding countryside used to stop under an Omi on their long journey to the market. The village was named after the Suddi flowers that grew nearby, characteristic of the region and which they used to admire.
And it’s true, the site is quite remarkable – surrounded by 3 volcanic pitons, the coffee trees unfurl beneath a primary forest of endemic species that are becoming increasingly rare in Ethiopia. Located relatively far from the main villages and in steep, hard-to-access areas, the forest is still relatively unaffected by massive logging. Trees of impressive diameters give an indication of how long the species have been present.
The Suddi soil is unique, with a surface composed of volatile volcanic residues including ash and with good fertilising properties that strengthen the plant life. Suddi also has mineral water springs.
Coffee washed, dried on African beds for 8 to 10 days.
Unique biodiversity | Forest coffee | Quality Improvement
The cooperative has 447 members. It is managed by its chair, MilkeyasDhina, helped by EleyasDingta. All the member farmers work small farms less than 1 hectare in size. They produce natural forest coffees, harvested by hand and dried on African beds. Belco is committed to preserving this local know-how, a guarantee of remarkable cup quality. To this end, our teams provide regular on-site training. Marjorie, our agronomist, has journeyed to Suddi twice, in particular to speak with the farmers and stress the importance of picking, helping them with a very selective ripe cherry approach to further improve the aromas of their forest coffee.
Increasing recognition of the qualities of the coffee collected in Suddi will play a key role in maintaining the terroir’s biodiversity. If it were not for these coffee trees, the Anfilloo forest would probably be under greater threat today. The exceptional agroforestry system ensures both the preservation of its natural resources and the pursuit of local farming practices.