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Established in 2005, Zebad General Export and Import’s mission is to export high quality, fertiliser-free washed and sun-dried coffee to the international market. From the outset, the company has presented a strong performance record and currently exports coffee to Italy, Germany, France, Greece, Switzerland, Turkey, Japan, Saudi Arabia, China and South East Asia.

We are working in partnerships with smallholder coffee farmers to supply the international markets directly. The farmers we work with are in the Southern and Western regions of Ethiopia; Sidamo, Yergacheffe, Aletawondo, Guji, Borena, Jimma, Limu and Bonga. Some of the highest grade coffee beans in the world are grown in these areas. Our work is to ensure a partnership of mutual benefit, through the sale of organic and traceable Ethiopian coffee to the world market.


The Founder


Emebet tafesse- ceo & co-founder of zebad

Emebet is the CEO and founder of ZEBAD General Export. She has 36 years of work experience in international trade and business management. She is currently the president of Ethiopia Exporters Women Association, deputy chairperson for the Ethiopia Coffee Exporters Association and is also a founding member of the ECX (Ethiopia Commodity Exchange) and committee member of the ECX board.


Membership and Affiliation

  • Member of the Ethiopian Coffee Exporters' Association (ECEA).
  • Founding member of the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX).
  • Member of Ethiopian Chamber of Commerce.
  • Member of the African Fine Coffee Association (AFCA)
  • Member of Ethiopian Women in Coffee


The Zebad Direct Model


Our Value



  • Improved quality, yields and farming practices.
  • Improved pre and post harvesting techniques.
  • Direct access to world markets.
  • Better price.
  • Increased personal income


  • High quality green beans.
  • Trusted in-country partners
  • Traceability.
  • Certification.


  • Sustainable trade.
  • Sustainable investment.
  • Sustainable education.
  • Sustainable farming practices.
  • Development of farmer communities