Origin Information

Smallholder farmers organized around the Kokanna coffee mill
Indigenous heirloom
Gedeo Zone, Ethiopia
October – December
1,800 – 2,000 meters
Fully washed and dried on raised beds

Background Details

Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Gedeb GP coffee is sourced from family-owned farms organized around the Kokanna coffee mill located in the Gedeo region of Ethiopia. The Gedeo region is named after the Gedeo people who are indigenous to this area. The Kokanna mill is located in a beautiful valley in the town of Kakanna, approximately 60 kilometers from the town of Yirgacheffe. Small coffee farmers deliver ripe cherries to the Kokanna mill where the cherries are sorted and pulped. After pulping, the beans are fermented for 36 to 48 hours and then washed. The wet beans in parchment are placed on raised drying beds in thin layers and turned every 2 to 3 hours during the first few days of the drying process. Depending on weather, the beans are dried for 10 to 12 days until the moisture in the coffee beans is reduced to 11.5 percent. Then the beans are transported to Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, to be milled and bagged prior to export.