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.
Region: Gedeb District, Gedeo Zone, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region, Ethiopia
Altitude: 1800 – 1900 MASL
Harvest: October – December
Indigenous heirloom cultivars
FLAVOR Orange, caramel, jasmine, bergamot
Light – City