Heleph coffee Exporter

Demeka Becha

Demeka Becha

B O N A Z U R I A , S I D A M A

Bona Zuria is part of Sidamo A under the ECX’s classification of coffee growing areas in Ethiopia. Washing stations in Bona Zuria are located at the highest points above sea level compared to other washing stations located in the country. We describe the coffee from Bona Zuria as “Highland Coffee”.
Bona Zuria is bordered by Oromia Region in the south, Hula in the west, Bursa in the north west, Arbegona in the north, and Bensa in the east. The major town of Bona Zuria is Bona Qeblank and it is the homeland of the Sidamo people.

Ayele Tulu,
Ethiopian Bona Zuria

Hardwork, Qualilty, & Traceability

Mr. Ayele Tulu, a farmer, husband, and father of three, has been in the coffee industry for over two decades. Despite the fact that he has been farming for while, he officially founded the Ayele Tulu farm and washing station in 2014. Since then, he has been an active member of the Demeka Becha region’s single farmer group. Tsegab, his eldest son, has worked in the coffee farm industry since he was a small child. He has grown up to become a coffee farmer and exporter himself, with his own site and actively engaging in the traceable coffee export industry.
Ayele Tulu Washing Station is the home of our Bona Zuria coffee.It is located at the height of 2,190metres above sea level, which is one of the most active among all existing washing stations in Bona Zuria.

Wet Processed

Coffee cherries are brought to the washing station by contracted out-growers. These cherries are then processed i.e. Washed(Wet Processed) coffee, by pulping the cherries using an Agaard Disc pulper. Fresh water from the surrounding Daddaye River is used throughout the washing procedure. Finally, they are placed on raised African beds with shades to ensure optimum air circulation and temperature management for an optimal drying process, in which the shades aid in the slow drying of the coffee. They are regularly raked and sorted to preserve the high natural quality of the coffee.

Anaerobic Fermented

Depulped beans are Fermented between 24 hrs, in grain pro packages and barrel containers at room temperature (usually 19-22 Celsius). The fermented beans are then allowed to dry up under shade from 4 to 6 weeks on Raised African Beds.
All coffee beans processed at the station are stored in a local warehouse after the moisture content is reduced to between 11.5% and 12.0%.
Finally, the beans are transported to Addis Ababa where they are milled and processed for export.


Year - 2022

REGION Sidama Bona Zuria – Demeka Becha
MUNICIPALITY Ayele Tulu washing station
FARM SIZE (LAND EXPANSION AND NUMBER OF WORKERS) 5 Hectares, 600 outgrower farmers and 300 workers , (15 permanent Staffs )
ALTITUDE 2190 meters above sea level
TOPOGRAPHY Temperature – 15 ~ 23 degrees Celsius (59 ~ 74 degrees Fahrenheit) Rainfall – 47 ~ 79 inches (1,194 ~ 1,981 mm)
COOPERATIVE Ayele Tulu Producer
MILL Ayele Tulu washing station
HARVESTING PERIOD November – January
VARIETAL JARC 1974/75 CBD – Resistant Selections 74110, 74112, 74158, 74165, 7440
PROCESSING METHODS Pulped Natural or Honey Processed
MUCILAGE Black honey : Little to no mucilage removed
LENGTH OF FERMENTATION Dried for 14 – 21 days
DRYING METHOD Raked 4-5 times per hour for 8 hrs and is Allowed to dry up to 62 -80% mucilage content on Raised African Beds.
FARM STORY Ayele Tulu is a coffee producer and a father of three from the Sidamo Bona Zuria area. He started farming in the 1980s after inheriting land from his father. His farm is one of a few select ‘model farms’ where Cooperative members learn more about best practices for coffee cultivation and harvesting methods.

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