To produce our coffee in Ethiopia, we employ qualified people such as coffee roasters, packing experts, technicians and printers. Compared to the monthly salary of a coffee farmer of 1200 Birr (approx. 30 Euro) in Ethiopia, qualified employees earn between 2000 – 10000 Birr per month (60 – 300 Euro). Still not a lot of money, but in Addis Abeba a family can live from such a salary.
Samson was born and raised in Addis Ababa. He studied international Relations and Politics in his hometown. After his studies his first job experience was to sell school books. Later he started a job in a logistics company. “Especially after graduation, it is difficult in Ethiopia to find a qualified job” says Samson. Since already 3 years he is now responsible for the areas of Operations and Sales at our coffee roaster in Addis Ababa. His goal is to further increase export sales and he is happy about each new order he receives. In addition he works with his suppliers (printers and packaging producers) to improve continuously their product quality.
Wende is a trained coffee roaster and works since 2012 at the Solino roastery. Before he was working at the green coffee selection process. He is therefore a real coffee expert! He is also in contact with many coffee farmers. Wende is proud to deliver for the first time roasted Ethiopian coffee to many countries. He says of himself that he is a perfectionist. For him it is important that every single roast is perfect: “I believe coffee must be roasted very slowly at low temperature. Only then the aroma of our Ethiopian coffee develops perfectly”.
Ziyad (23) was born in the small town Worabe. Coffee roasting is his first job and he received a good training. He likes the new logo of Solino which is based on the Ethiopian “Sefer” (the Sefer is used for selecting coffee and sorting out the best beans). Ziyad always searches for the best possible green coffee before roasting it. And he loves to drink coffee himself. He is also proud about the progress that was made with Solino: “we improved our roasting and packaging process over the last years. Now our coffee is really perfect”.
Dereje is born in a village called Semen Showa and he works for many years in Addis Abeba. He is responsible to print Solino packaging labels, small brochures and leaflets. Although his printing machine is not the most modern, he tries to produce a clean and clear print for all materials. He is happy that he receives more orders with the Solino project and that also his colleagues benefit from this. He is married and has a small son.
Teje is born and grown up in Gondor. She is 22 years old and works since 2016 at the Solino roastery in Addis Ababa. She has an education in computer science. Teje believes the project is very good for new job creation in Ethiopia. “Especially when you are educated it is very hard to find a qualified job”, Teje says. She likes her job and the coffee production in general. Teje believes that a perfect quality is most important for the success of Solino. In her free time she enjoys going to church and reads magazines.
Daniel (46) has a Bachelor Degree from a university in Addis Ababa. He worked at the Solino roastery since 2013. “I am proud that we have implemented a new and very precise production schedule for our excellent coffee which is sent to Europe”, says Daniel. “A good time schedule and a planning of all production steps is most important to make a perfect product such as Solino coffee”, he continuous. In his free time Daniel enjoys watching football.
Elias works already for 2006 years at the Solino roastery. He likes his job very much and believes that Solino is a unique product. “Solino is the first roasted coffee that is exported in significant amounts to many countries. Our coffee is very special here in Ethiopia and it is good that we can export not only green coffee but also a finished product of excellent quality”, he says. “We would be happy to grow our export and make the whole world taste Ethiopian coffee”, he continuous. In his free time Elias enjoys to watch movies.
Yeshi works since 2010 in Addis Ababa at the Solino roastery. She has learned that every little detail in the production process of a finished product matters. Stickering the coffee bags, sealing and packing them in the outer boxes: all steps must be perfect. “I am always happy when we get new orders for Solino! And I am most frustrated whenever we get complaints from our customers”, she says. In her free time she takes care of her sick mother and of her adopted child.
Azeb is from Addis Ababa and works at the Solino roastery since 2015. “Solino has created a nice job opportunity for me and I have learned new skills”, she says. “The revenue is very important for our roastery and for Ethiopia. Coffee growing countries should also be able to roast coffee. Only in this way more people can benefit”. Azeb hopes that Solino continuous to develop well in the years to come. In her free time she likes to listen to music.
Wude (34) was born in Arsi and works at the Solino roastery in Addis Ababa since 2011. During the Solino project she learned that the quality standards and production methods for Europe are more demanding. “I realized that the Europeans are very precise about the packaging and I really liked this because we improved our quality a lot” she says. Wude adds: “I like to manufacture coffee and enjoy the nice smell during my work”. In her free time Wude spends time with friends and likes to travel.
Seid is originally from the city Wolo. He works already since 2008 at the Solino roastery in Addis Ababa. He always gets excited when a new Solino order arrives. He likes to get busy during the roasting process and he hopes to get much more production volume in the future. “I would like to add other coffee products if I could”, He says: “There are many varieties of coffee in our country”. Seid gets frustrated whenever mistakes are happening at the production and does everything to avoid them. In his free time he spends time with his family.
Adiya is from Banecho and works since 2016 at the Solino Roastery. She finished her 6th Grade at school and moved to Addis Ababa. She is happy that due to Solino new jobs were created and she likes how the quality of the packaging and roasting has improved since the beginning of the project. She is also happy about the things she has learned in the last years. “In my free time I take care of my kid and I like to celebrate the Ethiopian coffee ceremony”, Adiya says. .
Eyerus lived in North Shoa until recently. She joined the Solino roastery in 2015 when she moved to Addis Ababa. “Since I work with Solino I have learned many new skills which will be very useful for me”, she says. She learned about the whole process of coffee production: from cleaning the green beans, roasting, labelling and packing. “Solino is a really good coffee and it is nice to be involved in this project”, she continuous. In her free time Eyerus likes to cook Ethiopian food and watches movies.
Habte is from Addis Ababa and works for the Solino roastery since 2018. He is an engineer of food technology and graduated from Bahir Dar University in 2014. His job is to ensure that each bag of Solino is perfectly made. Habte ensures also that all hygienic rules are observed at all times. Habte enjoys cooperating with all other employees: “I like to see Solino become a world class coffee brand one day, creating many jobs in my country.”
Kalkidan was born in 1994 and joined the Solino Team in July 2018. She graduated from the Medeo Medical College of Addis Ababa where she studied public health. She makes sure that all employees follow the hygiene rules and that cleaning processes are respected at all times. “I am very happy to be part of this team and I am proud to send our great Ethiopian coffee, roasted by us to the whole world”, she says. Kalkidan speaks very good English and likes to practice the language with her friends.
Feven is from Addis Ababa and has co-founded the Solino project. She lives since few years in Hamburg. Here she takes care of coffee tastings for new clients. She also manages the contact to the Ethiopian roasters. “I am always happy when new clients taste our coffee for the first time and realize how special our coffee is.” Currently she tries to get more offices and small coffee shops to buy Solino Coffee. She is happy to receive emails at: firstname.lastname@example.org. “A special price offer we can make for all big clients”, she adds”.
After an internship at a child care project in Ethiopia, Dennis has joined Solino. With a bachelor degree in business administration he is now responsible for Solino sales in all of Europe. His clients are supermarket chains, cafés, department stores, offices and hotels. In addition to searching new clients, Dennis is also responsible for organizing the coffee supply with his Ethiopian colleagues. He wants to convince clients about the excellent quality of our Ethiopian coffee. And he wants to explain the big impact of real development in Ethiopia when you buy a coffee that is fully made at the origin.
Since 2016 is Katharina part of the Solino team. She makes sure that every order is correctly and on time delivered to all our clients. She is the link between our clients in Europe and our roastery in Ethiopia. She also answers all questions about coffee. Finally she takes care of marketing and she always searches for new clients!
Solino Coffee Team 2018