Ethiopia Kaffa Gimbo Tamara Estate 250G
The Tatmara farm of Negusse Tadesse is located in the region of Nations, Nationalities and Peoples of the South. She is immersed in the heart of an ancient coffee region, 15 km from Bonga, in the village of Dakiti (Gimbo district). Kaffa is a land of coffee origin.
The name "Tatmara" derives its meaning, in the Kaffa language, from the words "Tato": king and "Mara": forgiveness. It is in this place that the successive kings of Kaffa used to go once a year to pardon the prisoners. This custom ended in the 19th century after the annexation of these lands by Emperor Menelik II.
The Negusse farm covers 82 hectares, 5 of which are reserved for infrastructure, buildings and drying station. He and his teams collect natural forest coffee and honey, dried on African beds. The 77 hectares dedicated to coffee, which he has cultivated for 10 years, are set out in a forest rich in endemic species. More than 30 varieties of trees surround the Negusse coffee trees and provide ideal shade for slow ripening of the cherries. Some trees, like the Qararo, are endangered in Ethiopia and the agroforestry model that Negusse is developing is a way to protect them. This farm, remarkable for the diversity of its flora, is also remarkable for that of its fauna. We can see a large number of monkeys, birds and, it seems, even a few leopards, among a rustling of insects, sign of a beautiful vitality.
The biodiversity of this farm allows a diversification of the activities of Negusse which also harvests some spices such as the maniguette, or honey. Trees of different species favor staggered flowering and allow three collections of honey, with very distinct characteristics. Tatmara coffees from varieties 74110, 74112 and Wush Wush are full of complex and interesting aromas.
Our teams support Negusse in maintaining this ecological richness. The work that we do with him focuses on two angles, inseparable from each other. It is about enhancing the rare biodiversity of these lands, while refining the quality of its coffees. For this, Marjorie, our agronomist, organized several training sessions to help improve harvesting and drying techniques. She also guided the Negusse teams in setting up the honey process. Fufa, our agronomist from the Addis Ababa agency, Shambé and Jacques continue this support throughout the year.