Ethiopia Dehab's Diamond
The farm was purchased in 1999. In 2000, Dehab’s husband and his friend started working in the coffee plantation, but Dehab stayed out of it at first. The two men continued for 12 years until the partner in charge fell ill and passed away.
At this time, Dehab’s children were older and she was looking for work outside the home. So she took over the man’s role and bought his shares. Now the farm is 27% and 73% owned between Dehab and her husband.
Dehab fell in love with the farm, farming and coffee. In every home in Ethiopia, the first meal is coffee.
She remembers boiling the coffee for her mother. To get up to speed on
agronomy, she employed a business consultant and an agronomist and spent two years “learning coffee.” In 2014 she started managing the company.
In 2015, she started exporting to Germany. In 2021, Artisan Coffee Imports is proud to be the partner enabling Dehab’s first export to the USA.
Dehab’s farms are in the buffer and core zones of the UNESCO Kafa Forest biosphere, a large area (540,000 hectares) of protected forest. Only farms working within strict environmental guidelines friendly to climate protection are allowed.
The Kafa Biosphere Reserve is located in the Kafa Zone of Ethiopia approximately 460 km southwest of Addis Abba. The Bonga National Forest Priority Area (NFPA) partly forms the southern boundary of the Biosphere Reserve, whilst the eastern boundary follows the Adiyo Woreda with the Gojeb River and Gewata-Yeba (Boginda) NFPA forming the northern boundary.
Kafa Biosphere Reserve in Ethiopia is the birthplace of wild Arabic coffee and contains close to 5,000 wild varieties of the plant in this biodiversity hotspot.