Haile Gebre owns and operates two farms and a washing station under the Mordecofe name, which is short for ‘Mora Mora River Valley Development Coffee’. The farm is located in the Shakiso ‘woreda’ (administrative district) in Ethiopia’s Guji zone about 200 miles from the Kenyan border. In total Haile and his family own roughly 500 hectares of land in Shakiso and have planted 420 hectares with semi-forest coffee. Haile is passionate about many things and cares deeply about the environment.
After a career in the Ethiopian government, Haile left his job and returned home to grow coffee on his family’s land in the highland forests of Southern Ethiopia. Haile is passionate about growth on all levels. He believes that, to be successful, his local community in Shakiso, and his customers must also prosper.
Through Mordecofe, Haile and his family work with 300 small-holders to produce high quality, organic coffee. Mordecofe works with these producers to help them increase quality and to face the challenges of coffee farming. In particular he is concerned with the ecosystem, lack of farming education, and limited access to sustainability initiatives.