We believe in small businesses, working hard and growing together. We built Keffa from the ground up, and we understand that what every new business needs are someone to believe in them. We work with roasters of all sizes, those who are brand new and those who are well-versed.
Our top priority is sourcing and importing the best green coffee. We understand that quality requires more than just premium beans and solid logistics. That’s why we are committed to supporting and sustaining the humans behind the beans by working with origin partners who pay higher than average wages and who treat workers fairly.
We warehouse at The Annex, Greenroom, KS and Baltimore MD. This allows short transit times, lower shipping fees, and fresher beans. We work with transport companies who specialize in handling green coffee, preserving quality from our warehouse all the wayto your roastery.
On the ground in Ethiopia, Keffa’s licensed Q-grader Tsega Melesse cups every lot prior to purchase and coordinates with our exporters for expedited shipments. Drawing on decades-long relationships, we work closely with our partners in Addis Ababa to make sure each coffee we import is up to our standards. Through these close connections, we are able to improve processing methods and increase sorting, bringing coffees like our Harrar Mesela from Grade 4 to Grade 1 quality. We are deeply invested in and committed to the growth of the specialty coffee community.
Samuel Demisse founded Keffa Coffee in 2006. Samuel was born and raised in Agaro, Ethiopia, and grew up immersed in coffee. His father was a coffee professional and taught Samuel about the industry from a young age.
Samuel has competed in coffee at the national and international levels. He placed 3rd at the 2015 United States Cup Tasters Championship and 4th in 2014. He placed 2nd in both the 2013 and 2011 United States Cup Tasters Championships. Samuel is a Licensed Q-Grader and an Assistant Q-Instructor.
We are deeply invested in and committed to the growth of the specialty coffee community. Keffa is a member of the Specialty Coffee Association of America, Roasters Guild, and the Barista Guild of America.
UNDERSTANDING THE ETHIOPIAN COFFEE TRADE
Established in 2008, the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX) was created to streamline the international trade of Ethiopian crops. The ECX provides knowledge of national and international market price to small garden farmers, who make up the majority of producers. In Ethiopia 90% of coffee farmers are operating on a backyard scale, producing only 1-2 jute bags per harvest. The ECX provides farmers with local stations at which to sell their crops, instead of having to travel miles to the nearest city. This saves farmers money and time, and it empowers them with knowledge of fair wages. Once the farmers sell their crop to the ECX warehouse, they are promptly paid the next day and their coffee is taken to be sorted and milled. Because it pools and sells coffees from each region of the country, the ECX makes it difficult to trace beans back to a specific farm. However, the centralization allows for better support Ethiopia's small farmers.