Ethiopia – Gedeb

(5 customer reviews)

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ABOUT THIS COFFEE

This is a traditional triple-washed coffee from Gedeb, Ethiopia produced by Bedhatu Jibicho and her family. The flavor profile is immaculately clean and floral, with notes of black tea, peach, ripe orange, caramel, vanilla, and sweet basil. When brewed the coffee is true to character and lovely at multiple iterations, and will likely prove a valuable addition anywhere you choose to place it on a menu.

Bedhatu Jibicho family’s journey in coffee is emblematic of the recent changes in the Ethiopian export rules, which in the past few years have opened new opportunities for individual farmers to export their own coffee, rather than limit exportation to cooperative unions and private companies. Bedhatu is native to the Worka area in the Gedeb district of Yirgacheffe. Her late husband was granted the family land in the 1960s from the Ethiopian government. After he passed away in 1991, Bedhatu continued to single-handedly manage the farm while raising all six of their children. She eventually joined the larger Worka cooperative in 2011, and then the nearby Banko Gotiti cooperative when it formed in 2013, both part of the Yirgacheffe Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (YCFCU). In the same year she was recognized as a model farmer by the union and became eligible for processing training that would allow her to prepare and sell her own coffee as a separate lot, marketed and handled by the union as part of a new program of differentiation. Bedhatu’s sons had joined the family farm effort a few years prior, and with their help and the union’s blessing, the family eventually formulated a separate business entity that could export direct. That business, Roba and Family Coffee, is perhaps the most successful single-farm exporter in Gedeb.

While the Roba family has expanded their reach to support other producers, this offering is from Bedhatu’s original 84-acre farm, which she has personally managed for over 50 years now without the use of chemical inputs.  84-acres is drastically larger than most farms in the area, and Bedhatu employs 20 year-round workers and another 130 seasonal workers for the harvest who are primarily women. The farm itself produces about 5 containers of exportable coffee each year, which has top qualities and one of the most sought-after Ethiopia profiles.
For this washed lot, cherries are carefully hand sorted and floated to separate out less dense beans, then depulped, fermented for 48 hours, and washed and classified again by density in grading channels. The parchment is rinsed and placed on raised beds where it is hand sorted again and dried over a period of 12 to 15 days. The parchment is often covered during the afternoons to prevent harsh drying in the intense sun. As a family owned business, emphasis on social impact in the communities where they source coffee is taking shape. The Roba family has invested in more localized cherry collection sites to reduce the transportation cost for other producers.  They have also contributed to road construction projects that make travel a bit easier for everyone.

SPECS:

GEOGRAPHY
Region: Gedeb District, Gedeo Zone, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region, Ethiopia
Altitude: 1800 – 1900 MASL
Harvest: October – December

PRODUCER
Bedhatu Jibicho

VARIETY
Indigenous heirloom cultivars

PROCESSING
Washed

NOTES:
FLAVOR Orange, caramel, jasmine, bergamot
BODY Medium
ACIDITY Clean

ROAST LEVEL
Light – City

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5 reviews for Ethiopia – Gedeb

  1. keith.a.schaal (verified owner)

    We loved this coffee. It had intense flavor without being bitter.

  2. Vinh Le (verified owner)

    Please please make this into a subscription coffee as I would be your first customer 🙂 buying it bi-monthly 🙂 i love this coffee it’s light roast and fruity taste brings me to so many beautiful places 🙂

  3. Nicholas Brown (verified owner)

    I mean it’s blueberry. Blueberry, so hot right now!

    Modest just continues to knock it right out of the park. If you’re a mild coffee fan buy 2. You’ll thank yourself later!

    Thanks for the abundant trips to flavor country!

  4. Evan MacDonald (verified owner)

    Wow. Just wow. Almost punches you in the face with blueberry and plum flavors.

  5. defmut (verified owner)

    One of the only coffees I like smelling more than drinking.

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