The coffee story

Boledu, founded in 2018, means "source" in the local language and combines over 12 years of experience in coffee from both Abyote Ageze and Mebrahtu Aynalem. "We have been producing and exporting both natural and washed high-end traceable qualities in our own washing stations located in the Guji zone, Dimtu Hamblea, Yirgacheffe, Aricha and Gedeb. We also have vertical agreements  in Uraga and in Sidamo, collecting quality coffees from different small farmers." 

By vertical integration, Mebrahtu means the coffee is sourced directly from the washing stations and not purchased from the Ethiopian Coffee Exchange (ECX). "We prefinance the washing station owners and he agrees to supply us. If I was to get a good coffee at the ECX I wouldn't necessarily be able to do it again in the future. There is no transparency. For consistency, I must have an agreement directly with the washing station. I also have an agronomist there to help prepare the coffees," he explains.

"The farmers we work with have been working with us for a good time. Before the harvest, we train them and explain the standards of cherry collection for specialty coffee and the premiums that come with it. We have a quality supervisor at the washing stations looking into who is bringing good quality and who isn’t. Their job is really important! They know when someone mixes unripe cherries with the ripe ones. Up to 10% unripe is okay and we will sort them at a later stage, but if farmers bring more than that we know we might not work with them until they agree to the standards."

Internal prices for cherry have been high for the second consecutive year. In the Yirgacheffe area, buyers were paying 24 Ethiopian birr in November 2020 according to Mebrahtu. He says Boledu was paying around 25.50 birr to be above the competition and secure the supply. “However the farmers know they need to bring us the ripe cherries. And we buy from 10 to 16 thousand kilos of cherry every day during harvest season," he says.

For micro-lots such as this "we select the farmers we will work with before the harvest season and train them for 3 days on the best picking practices. We need very good consistency. And as most farms are too small to make a whole lot, we will combine their cherries according to their location, so the same type of soil, altitude, rain patterns, heirloom varieties etc. We will then have to combine their pickings of two days, like Wednesday and Friday for example, to make an interesting volume," Mebrahtu explains. 


Mebrahtu (left) and Abyote (left) receiving their Co certificate


Boledu was among the best-ranked producers on Ethiopia's first Cup of Excellence in 2020. They ranked 21 with a coffee with notes of "cola, cherry, pomegranate, strawberry, cinnamon, pineapple, strong cinnamon sour, fruity, dry fruits, chocolate, mango and cocoa nibs". 

Halo Beriti washing station
Regional State: Southern Nations, Nationalities and People's Region (SNNP)
Zone: Gedeo
Woreda (District): Gedeb Worka
Kebele (Village): Halo Beriti
Altitude: 1950-2150 MSL
Harvest: October-January 
Process: washed, natural and special fermentation
No. of farmers :>2200

The process

Fully washed
ET-122-202011 Past harvest

Halo Beriti Fully Washed Grade 1

  • $7.0548 USD / kg FOB Conventional (no certification)
  • $7.3855 USD / kg FOB Organic
Origin
Ethiopia
Variety
Heirloom
Process type
Fully washed
Altitude range
1950m - 2200m
Harvest period
November, 2020 - February, 2021
Algrano's cupping score (SCA)
88.25 points
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Boledu Industrial PLC
Produced & offered by Boledu Industrial PLC
  • Ethiopia
  • Washing station
  • Organic
  • 88 sales on Algrano
  • 2 Average orders per roaster
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Boledu Coffee is the operator of washing stations in the Yirgacheffe district (Konga, Gedeb, Aricha) and the Guji district. We have integrated supply chains with our farmer out-growers in both districts and are organically certified, maintaining traceability throughout the supply chain to ensure the best quality. Founded in 2018 by two friends Abiyot Ageze and Mebrahtu Aynalem, the company aims to work with farmers in partnership to showcase the best of their coffee by bringing the best practices for coffee preparation & management to Ethiopia and the regions where we work.

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The coffee story

Boledu, founded in 2018, means "source" in the local language and combines over 12 years of experience in coffee from both Abyote Ageze and Mebrahtu Aynalem. "We have been producing and exporting both natural and washed high-end traceable qualities in our own washing stations located in the Guji zone, Dimtu Hamblea, Yirgacheffe, Aricha and Gedeb. We also have vertical agreements  in Uraga and in Sidamo, collecting quality coffees from different small farmers." 

By vertical integration, Mebrahtu means the coffee is sourced directly from the washing stations and not purchased from the Ethiopian Coffee Exchange (ECX). "We prefinance the washing station owners and he agrees to supply us. If I was to get a good coffee at the ECX I wouldn't necessarily be able to do it again in the future. There is no transparency. For consistency, I must have an agreement directly with the washing station. I also have an agronomist there to help prepare the coffees," he explains.

"The farmers we work with have been working with us for a good time. Before the harvest, we train them and explain the standards of cherry collection for specialty coffee and the premiums that come with it. We have a quality supervisor at the washing stations looking into who is bringing good quality and who isn’t. Their job is really important! They know when someone mixes unripe cherries with the ripe ones. Up to 10% unripe is okay and we will sort them at a later stage, but if farmers bring more than that we know we might not work with them until they agree to the standards."

Internal prices for cherry have been high for the second consecutive year. In the Yirgacheffe area, buyers were paying 24 Ethiopian birr in November 2020 according to Mebrahtu. He says Boledu was paying around 25.50 birr to be above the competition and secure the supply. “However the farmers know they need to bring us the ripe cherries. And we buy from 10 to 16 thousand kilos of cherry every day during harvest season," he says.

For micro-lots such as this "we select the farmers we will work with before the harvest season and train them for 3 days on the best picking practices. We need very good consistency. And as most farms are too small to make a whole lot, we will combine their cherries according to their location, so the same type of soil, altitude, rain patterns, heirloom varieties etc. We will then have to combine their pickings of two days, like Wednesday and Friday for example, to make an interesting volume," Mebrahtu explains. 


Mebrahtu (left) and Abyote (left) receiving their Co certificate


Boledu was among the best-ranked producers on Ethiopia's first Cup of Excellence in 2020. They ranked 21 with a coffee with notes of "cola, cherry, pomegranate, strawberry, cinnamon, pineapple, strong cinnamon sour, fruity, dry fruits, chocolate, mango and cocoa nibs". 

Halo Beriti washing station
Regional State: Southern Nations, Nationalities and People's Region (SNNP)
Zone: Gedeo
Woreda (District): Gedeb Worka
Kebele (Village): Halo Beriti
Altitude: 1950-2150 MSL
Harvest: October-January 
Process: washed, natural and special fermentation
No. of farmers :>2200

The process

Fully washed
Coffee Quality Evaluation
Algrano
Algrano
Cupped: January, 2021
Boledu Industrial PLC
Seller (Pending)
Cupped: N/A
SCA Score
Algrano
88.25
Seller (Pending)
88.0
Key flavor notes
Algrano
Floral Jasmine, Lime, Green pepper, Raspberry, Green tea, Elder Flower, Nectarine
Seller (Pending)
-
Quality comment
Algrano
Extremely complex and transparent in flavours, beautiful coffee, very clean.
Seller (Pending)
-
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Shipping
Once the ordering period ends we will consolidate all coffees in a shared container. During transport, your coffee is fully insured. We will keep you informed about the shipment status.

Upon arrival of the coffee at the warehouse, you can choose between 2 delivery modes:

  • Doorstep delivery: We will take care of transport to your roastery. We will provide your coffee fully insured until it is ready for unloading from the truck at your roastery.
  • EXW (ex. warehouse) means that we will provide the coffee ready for pick-up at the terminal of the warehouse. You are responsible for organising transport and insurance from the warehouse to your roastery.

Currently, we can deliver coffee anywhere in Europe, except Hungary. For all European buyers, the coffee will be provided custom cleared in any case. Roasters in Switzerland choosing EXW will be responsible for customs clearance.

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