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Olke Birre – 12 oz Box

Single-Farmer Lot

Olke Birre owns and manages 12 hectares of land down the road from the Haru Cooperative in Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia. Olke was one of the first farmers in all of Yirgacheffe to build his own mini-washing station, which allows him to control the processing of his coffee from start to finish. With this control—and because of his dedication to producing the best coffee possible—Olke and his family created a coffee that is simply elegant. Look for clear flavors of lime, peach, and jasmine.


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Olke Birre – Single-Farmer Lot from Haru, Ethiopia


We met Olke Birre at a soil and composting workshop Counter Cultured sponsored in Yirgacheffe in 2013. He was impossible not to notice as he walked in the doors of the workshop wearing a gold medal he received for being a model farmer. Over the last few years, we have gotten to know him and his family, and Olke is someone who is always pushing potential. His coffee is the embodiment of his dedication to improvement. Great processing and varieties at an altitude of more than 2,000 meters above sea level equals greatness.

Explanation of the Name

(OHL-kay BEER-ray)
Traditionally, small growers in Yirgacheffee do not give their farms a name, instead they refer to the farm using the owner’s name, as is the case with Olke Birre.


Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia
Olke's farm is down the road from the Haru washing station, where we have bought from cooperatives for almost five years. Olke's farm is technically located on the cusp of the Suke and Haru Kabeles (villages) located in the heart of the Yirgacheffe Woreda (district). Olke is fortunate in that he has a little more than four hectares of coffee, but recently he has planted more on additional land he owns.


Varieties:80% Kudhume, 20% Wolisho
Kudhume and Wolisho variety groupings encompass 74110, 74112, Koti, Fayate, and other indigenous types.
Elevation: 2,030–2,085 meters
Post-Harvest Process: Washed
Harvest Time: November 2015–January 2016