knowledge, care and impact driven efforts to transform coffee cherries to the best arabica coffee

At Tega and Tula Speciality Coffee Estate, we have a belief that in all that we do, our passion, dedication, integrity and professionalism should be visible that is why we have our team of experts with extensive knowledge and experience in coffee science, agronomy, and supply chain management overseeing every aspect of our green coffee production, processing and export end-to-end. Also, the management of our farms and washing stations is conducted by only the best, the brightest and most experienced professionals equipped with extensive local and international academic skills and knowledge in the relevant disciplines to produce the highest-grade arabica coffee and protect and nurture the hallowed grounds where our trees spread their roots.

Our coffee value chain is managed end-to-end where its traceability and quality is guaranteed. The integrity of our quality coffee is guaranteed by our globally (ACA) certified Q graders in our state-of-the-art coffee laboratory.

We offer washed, naturals and anaerobic processing types across our coffee estates and washing stations.

Planting and/or Caretaking

Our coffee trees receive year-long nurturing from our staff who permanently reside in each of our farm sites.  Our farm staff conduct various caretaking efforts throughout the years. These efforts include weeding, fertilization, stumping, pruning, shade regulation, handling and de-suckering, soil and water conservation within our coffee trees and farm as well as replenishing aged coffee trees with new seedlings from our nursery sites to ensure the best red cherries are produced. Our caretaking process is supervised along each stage by our in-house experts.

Harvesting

Carefully selected red arabica cherries are handpicked with delicacy ensuring that only ripped ones are

Selected and picked from each coffee tree. This effort is done through a mass mobilization effort where our farm workers and the community gather for mass cherry-picking across our farm blocks. This season is a festive and exciting season for the community and usually involves social gatherings and musical celebrations declaring triumph over the yearlong laborious pursuit of the finest red cherries. All Tega & Tula top management and staff actively engage in this process closely supporting the harvest effort and assuring the quality of the process.

Processing

Coffee harvested from our farms is carefully sorted and processed as either dry (natural) coffee, wet (washed) coffee, or anaerobic process types.

NATURAL COFFEE

Our natural process involves drying out our entire freshly handpicked coffee cherry with the seed still inside. Our farm staff and community go into our coffee farm to hand-pick properly ripened red cherries from each coffee tree. These cherries are aggregated, sorted and placed on raised drying beds/ tables to enjoy their time under the sun placed on raised beds and turned constantly to ensure even evaporation. This provides remarkable cleanliness in the cup. Once these cherries are dried, they go through a dry mill which removes the fruit and separates them from the husk around the seed.

After a final sorting, the coffee is bagged in burlap and will be transported to Addis Ababa for export processing.

Our washing process

Our washed coffee processing involves freshly handpicked coffee cherries harvested from our organic farms where they are first screened and sorted for ripeness and density before entering into our eco-friendly de-pulping machines. They then bathe inside our water tanks for an average of 60 hours to de-mucilage and finally lay on our African-raised beds where they tan and reach an appropriate moisture level. Wet processing removes the traditional fermented flavors and creates a lighter-bodied coffee bean.

We are environmentally responsible throughout our washed coffee process. We do not discharge acidic water discharged as part of our washing process. We ensure this water is conserved and treated before it is released back to the environment. Cherry wastes (remains) are also separately stored and later used for organic fertilization purposes within our farms.

Our Anaerobic process

During the harvesting process, washed Arabica coffee is normally fermented at the washing station in a fermentation tank with water and air circulation. However, this type of coffee fermentation is unique in its processing in that the fermentation process is made without oxygen to create a unique flavor. Any Arabica coffee produced and exported by this process can be processed as Anaerobic coffee at the request of our buyers. The coffee is packed in 60 kg jute bags with grain pro inner bags.

State of the
Art Export
processing

These delicately washed and/or naturally dried coffee beans are then transported to Addis Ababa and further cleaned and proceed in our state-of-the-art Cimbria turnkey solutions before being bagged in our grain pro and jute bags and readied for export.

We are proud to announce that we are opening up a state-of-the-art cleaning facility in Ethiopia for the 2024 coffee season.

Our very owned Cimbria coffee processing plant has an input capacity of 5-6 tons/hour of green coffee processing.  Our export processing includes a Pre-Cleaning, De-Stoning process followed by a very gentle and low-temperature hulling that preserves the characteristics of our coffee bean. Our beans then undergo a smooth polishing and low heat generation process to receive an excellent polishing result. For quality precision, our beans undergo a grading and sorting process in accordance with their size and density on gravity tables and finally enter into electronic color sorting before they are finally bagged in style. Our export cleaning and processing plant operates free of dust.

Quality control

Before beans are bagged in our grain-pro jute bags for export, the integrity of our quality coffee is guaranteed by our globally (ACA) certified Q graders in our state-of-the-art coffee laboratory.

Carefully prepared and roasted delicately, ground coffee mixes with boiled water filling our coffee laboratory with a rich aroma. Our Q grader cuppers take a spoonful from the mix mindfully testing each profile and flavor guaranteeing the integrity of our coffee indeed upholds the highest specialty standard. Needless to say, we work tirelessly to ensure the best Arabica coffee in the world reaches the doorsteps of our esteemed clients and consumers.

Exporting

Our export processed coffees are carefully placed in 60kg grain pro and branded and labeled jute bags and placed into 20ft/ 40ft freight containers where their quality and traceability is preserved all the way to the roaster and consumer.

For shipments greater than 4 tons, we have an existing partnership agreement with MAERSK and MSC shipping lines for exports both in dry and refrigerated containers. Our SLA agreement guarantees all European port destinations to reach within 21 days and 30 days in the USA. For shipments less than 2 tones, we have an existing partnership agreement with Turkish Airlines, Emirates and Ethiopian Airlines with strict SLAs guaranteeing all air freight to reach the destination within 4-7 days.

Our Business model

FairChain

Our Fair Chain is a business model establishes that the country that produces the coffee gets a more equitable distribution of returns gained from the value chain. Traditionally, the exporting country or farmer receives a disproportionate percentage of the retail price relative to the seller. However, our Fair Chain extends beyond fair trade in creating shared value by focusing on supply chain integration in addition to pricing and adding value in the producing country.
Tega and Tula Special Coffee Farm PLC applies the fair chain concept throughout the coffee value chain by paying premium on the local price for cherries, investing in improving the agricultural and living conditions and allocating the profits back to fund social projects that reinforce the fair chain principles. Community re-investment includes ensuring the well-being of our community through strong engagements in health, education, gender empowerment, infrastructure and jobs development. 

 
We also work to ensure that the coffee supply is sustainable and through our advocacy works, we make sure that our buyers are aware and engage themselves to benefit the farmers.

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