Selection

Belco Ethiopia selects producers who work in “Wild mountain forests” or “agro-forestry”.


Quality

With the help of our food engineer, we support producers to improve the quality of the coffees produced in these forests: construction of African beds, improvement of processes, premiums for red cherries at harvest etc... The aim of all of this is to offer high quality coffees that represent and are ambassadors for these wonderful terroirs.


In the field

Topographical and tree recognition work as well as the compilation of technical data about production areas have been carried out to give you the most information possible about your coffees. In the field, we spend huge amounts of time with the producers to build relationships of trust and quality.


Long term

Belco strives to build long term relationships with its producers by rewarding quality and ensuring sustainable opportunities for these coffees.









Led by Jacques Chambrillon, head of the Belco Ethiopia agency, and Shambé Kana, who carries out the field monitoring with producers. This project has required more than 2 years' field work in collaboration with producers to improve the quality of these exceptional coffees.




Much more than just a shade-grown coffee, by supporting this project you will be supporting a peasant agriculture that is respectful to its unique environment and that produces innovative, high-quality coffees, perfectly in line with your position as an artisan coffee roaster.


Promote
small-scale agriculture
which has inherited ancient know-how
Innovate with
a rare and unique coffee
adapted to artisan roaster

Preserve a heritage
of humanity :
the primary forest, its soil and biodiversity
Diversify the revenue
streams for farmers
(honey, spices etc.) and ensure traceability of your coffees




What we guarantee

For all these coffees, we guarantee:

HIGH BIODIVERSITY

  • 40-50% minimum coverage
  • a minimum of 10 different tree species
  • “wild mountain forests” or “agro-forestry” origin only
FULL AND ACCURATE TRACEABILITY

  • Mapping & GPS location of the plot
  • Name of the producer(s)
  • Precise description of the culture system
HIGHER CUP QUALITY

  • Score above 80 (according to Q Cupping standards), scored by a Q grader
  • Altitude between 1400 and 2400m