He was destined to become the third generation in his family involved in coffee. He started with printing and weighing bags from the age of 12. Yanni Georgalis formed Moplaco in 1972 in Dire Dawa, exporting predominantly Harar Coffee around the world. Harar Coffee, is and will remain, Moplaco's Star Brand as we believe firmly that Harar Coffee is indisputably a coffee worth sharing and knowing. Yannis Georgalis has left the most important legacy behind him: His love for coffee & his love for Ethiopia.
Having lived abroad most of her life, Heleanna fell into coffee in 2008 through the force majeure of destiny. She has been riding the third wave of coffee through rough seas but has finally dived into the clear blue waters. Moplaco expanded both down and up the chain of coffee and now controls processing, and with it, experimentation; farming and with it, hardship; exporting with all its drama; and finally roasting, and with it fun.
No story would be complete in Ethiopia, without a story about its coffee culture. It is unique, a true representation of its old roots and mysticism, a plant that was watered from the tears of God ( An Oromo myth).
Most people are familiar with the Kaldi story, where the goatherd named Kaldi observed his goats getting excited after eating some red cherries off a bush.
Although many myths surround coffee, what most people do agree upon, is that coffee was discovered in the highlands of Kaffa. In fact, there is a place called Menkira, where coffee is supposed to be born and raised.