These photos were commissioned by Keffa Coffee Importers, based in Baltimore. Keffa's strong relationships to exporters and farmers in various coffee-growing regions of Ethiopia provided access to some of the most beautiful mills and farms in Yirgacheffe, Sidamo, and Harrar. With their trademarked specialty coffees Ardi and YirgZ, Keffa is one of the most consistent and reliable sources of quality Ethiopian beans in the U.S.
In addition to these photos, Keffa commissioned reports on each farm and mill visited. I worked with translators to interview two mill employees for each visit (8 mills in total). For more info about my approach to documentary photography and writing, please send me an email.