Way to Ethiopian coffee
In the village of Banna, there is a traditional ceremony to become a man...
If you succeeds, the village’s mayor gives you a new name.
During my first visit there, I don’t know why but the Banna family started calling me “Galitebe” (Garutenbi).
Galitebe means “the man who succeeded this ceremony”.
But I have never tried this ceremony but still they called me Galitebe...
I was very happy about that.
Because I felt they were open to me.
Have you ever seen such a life ? without a car, without a watch, without any writing language?
They live with nature.
Then I started to love their lifestyle... to love Ethiopia.
So, I decided to learn more about Ethiopia.
And I really started to love their culture, their lifestyle, more and more...
At that moment I wanted the whole world to know more about this beautiful country !
So I was wondering how to tell the world about Ethiopian culture and way of life.
Every time I’ve been there, I was with Ethiopian friends.
Then I quickly realized the importance of coffee in their life.
People who work on coffee-producing usually doesn't drink coffee.
But the Ethiopian people consumes about half of the domestic production.
They drink after every breakfast and lunch.
Coffee time is a very important communication tool for them.
I really thought coffee time is a big part of culture in an Ethiopia.
Then, I decided : I will export Ethiopian coffee all over the world !
When I visited Ethiopia the 2nd time, I started to look for the best coffee...
I met a man from Kaffa, who were my friend’s friend.
We had coffee and breakfast together few times, and he always recommended Kaffa’s coffee...
He was so proud of it, so, I finally went there.
When I visited Kaffa, I collected few samples from all the coffee washing stations.
Every coffee were nice.
But I also paid attention to the owner’s personality.
Then I choose one of the washing station, and I ordered to them a lot of coffee.
Forest picking only
Red cherry only
3 times hand picking
Cause I wanted to make some employment opportunities to the people of Kaffa and get the best coffee quality, I payed a good price to them.
Galitebe Coffee was born...
“Make the best quality and pay a value corresponding to the quality”
We don’t mind about the market rate.
If we get the best coffee, we pay a good price.
Everything for Ethiopia...
Galitebe Coffee Import Co., Ltd.
CEO : Yuhei Shibata
We specialization import Ethiopian coffee.
Improve bean's quality and increase employment opportunity for Ethiopia.
Management all process from coffee tree to export.