“Buy Ethiopian coffee & support FNM”
(for more info, contact us at info@4GottenNoMore.org)
OR (better yet)
Contact Micael at Upper Cup Coffee
Upper Cup Coffee Company
79 Parsons Ave
Columbus, OH 43205
Monday through Friday, 7am to 7pm
Saturday and Sunday, 9am to 7pm
Micael Habte – Founder/Owner: Upper Cup Coffee Company
My name is Micael Habte. I am the founder of Upper Cup Coffee Company. My family is originally from Eritrea (the country North of Ethiopia), and we fled to Sudan in the late 1970’s to escape the political turmoil in the Horn of Africa. Little did we know, Sudan would shortly succumb to the same political turmoil that was engulfing the rest of the region. In 1984, my family was blessed with an opportunity to come to America. We settled in Columbus, Ohio. Although we faced many hardships, we never did without. My parents often reminded my siblings and I that anything was possible with faith and hard work. In 2000, my family was struck with tragedy when our father lost his battle to cancer. His dying wish was to be buried back home so that my siblings and I would always return to our country.
In 2001, I had the opportunity to travel back home. This trip was life changing in many ways. For the first time, I got to see with my own eyes the life I had escaped. I had seen so many children, who could have very well been me, living with little to none. As I thought about all the blessings my family and I had received, I started to feel guilty. I knew I would never be able to pay back all the people who helped my family; I had to pay it forward to all the children who would not have the opportunities I was afforded.
In 2008, I graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor degree in Economics. Upon completion of my degree, my siblings and I conceived the idea of starting a coffee shop. Since coffee is a major export from the Horn of Africa, this keeps me connected to my roots while promoting the economy of the region. I took the necessary steps to make my vision a reality. Shortly after, I purchased a small roaster and began dabbling in roasting coffee.
In 2009, I was blessed with another opportunity to visit my country. Being the first male in my family to attain a college education gave me a new sense of confidence. It made me realize the importance of all the sacrifice my parents had made for me. Armed with a new sense of self assurance, I had the courage to say goodbye to corporate America. In January 2010, I started Upper Cup Coffee Company.
As I watched my dreams unfold before me, I thought about all the help my family and I had received along the way. I’m finally in a position to pay it forward. The Upper Cup Coffee Company is proud to support Forgotten No More, Inc., who are currently serving in Ethiopia.
This picture was taken right before the Giese Family came to Ethiopia in 2010…look how little Ava & Rediet were in2010.