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Leadership & Community in the Guji Highlands

Email sent: Jul 12, 2021 9:04pm
Ethiopia Mordecofe stands as a delicious testament to Haile Gebre’s core principle: “Let us grow together.”
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The Story of Mordecofe

Haile Gebre owns and operates two farms and a washing station under the Mordecofe name, short for ‘Mora Mora River Valley Development Coffee.’ In 2001, Haile left his government post and returned home to cultivate coffee on his family's land in the highland forests of Southern Ethiopia. He began giving seedlings out to his neighbors, betting on the future of coffee in the area.

Highland forests of Southern Ethiopia

"Let us grow together," is one of Mordecofe's core principles. To Haile this means providing services and proper payment to his workers and outgrowers, which helps the greater organization succeed. But this idea of shared growth also applies to Haile's leadership in Guji more broadly. Since Haile started planting coffee here in the early 2000s, the area has exploded and become known for quality. Dozens of new washing stations and dry mills have been established, and 10 million coffee trees are being planted annually.

Dry mills

Stumptown started purchasing coffee from Haile and Mordecofe in 2006. Today, Haile grows coffee organically on over 600 hectares of land, and his washing station also processes cherry for 380 neighboring outgrowers. Mordecofe provides these farmers with new seedlings and extensive education on harvesting, cherry selection, and organic agricultural practices. In recent years, Haile’s daughters have taken on active roles in the operation, ensuring Mordecofe remains a family business long into the future.

The Gebre Family

Stumptown is proud to partner with Haile Gebre and offer Mordecofe's exceptional coffee each year. Sparkling with notes of nectarine, melon, and jasmine, this year’s crop is a shining example of Haile’s bold vision, and we’re excited to share it with you.

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