Specialty Coffee Advent Calendar – 2022
Flavour Profile: Strawberry, Peach & White tea
Producer: Heleanna Georgalis
Farm: Kawo Kamina
Harvest date: Jan 22
Altitude: 2100 masl
Roasted by: Fuglen Coffee Roasters
Yanni Georgalis founded Moplaco in 1972 and was a renowned coffee exporter, renowned for not only selling high-quality coffee, but also for his integrity in all aspects of the business. Heleanna, Yanni’s daughter, comes from a long line of respected Ethiopian coffee exporters and has admirably continued her father’s legacy at Moplaco while also making it her own. Under her leadership, Moplaco has consistently produced high-quality coffee despite the challenges present in Ethiopia’s coffee production and auction systems. Heleanna, who was born in East Harar and fled the country during the civil war, grew up and was educated in Europe, where she built a successful career in finance. However, after her father’s sudden passing in 2008, she faced a difficult decision: continue her career in finance or take over her father’s business with little knowledge about the coffee industry. Thankfully, she chose coffee and has become an expert in roasting, cupping, agronomy, and the specialty coffee market, constantly updating herself on the latest trends and experimenting with new agricultural and processing techniques. Despite the challenges, Heleanna continues to excel in the specialty coffee industry, traveling the world to meet with and learn from other top producers and researchers.