Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Gedeb 1 Washed Banko Gotiti – 33264 – GrainPro Bags – Intend Ship: Apr 24, 2024 – RCWHSE

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About this coffee

Grower

650 smallholder farmers organized around the Banko Gotiti processing station

Altitude

2000 – 2100 masl

Variety

Local indigenous landraces and heirloom cultivars

Soil

Vertisol

Region

Gedeb district, Gedeo Zone, Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s Region, Ethiopia

Process

Fully washed and dried on raised beds 

Harvest

October - December

Certification

Conventional

Coffee Background

Banko Gotiti is part of the greater Gedeb district, which is known for its gifted processing climate and exquisite coffees, both washed and naturals. This lot was created by Siz Agro PLC, an independent exporter with select processing sites throughout southern Ethiopia.   

Gedeb and Its Coffee 

The district of Gedeb takes up the south-eastern corner of Ethiopia’s Gedeo Zone—a narrow section of plateau dense with savvy farmers whose coffee is known as “Yirgacheffe”, after the zone’s most famous district. Gedeb, however, is a terroir, history, and community all its own that merits unique designation in our eyes. Coffees from this community, much closer to Guji Zone than the rest of Yirgacheffe, are often the most explosive cup profiles we see from anywhere in Ethiopia. Naturals tend to have perfume-like volatiles, and fully washed lots are often sparklingly clean and fruit candy-like in structure. 

Gedeb is a remote but impressively industrious area for coffee production. Half of its territory is planted with coffee. Until recently coffee exports were allowed only limited channels and the vast majority of coffee grown in this area was sold by the Yirgacheffe Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (YCFCU), consolidated under the wide-reaching Worka Cooperative, or sold anonymously through the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange (ECX). Today, however, there are increasing numbers of single farm owners and independent companies who are processing and exporting direct. Siz Agro PLC is one such group. It is an exciting time to be buying in Gedeb, where we expect to see new layers of coffee continuously unfold as its local industry accelerates. 

The city of Gedeb itself is a is a bustling outpost that links commerce between the Guji and Gedeo Zones, with an expansive network of processing stations who buy cherry from across zone borders. These processors (and we would agree) would argue their coffee profiles are not exactly Yirgacheffe, but something of their own. The communities surrounding Gedeb reach some of the highest growing elevations for coffee in the world and are a truly enchanting part of the long drive into Guji. Banko Gotiti is a large agricultural area East of Gedeb and includes union cooperative members that are cooperative-affiliated, as well independent washing stations of various types, many of which, like this one, are simply named “Banko Gotiti” after the community itself.  

Banko Gotiti Station and Processing 

The Banko Gotiti washing station represents a few hundred individual smallholders, each averaging 2 hectares apiece of farmland. On these farms coffee typically shares the land with enset—a fruit-less relative of the banana tree whose pulp is scraped and packed into cakes, fermented underground, and then toasted as kocho, a staple starch in the area.   

Washed coffee at Banko Gotiti is processed simply and with great attention to detail: fresh-picked cherry is delivered each day by contributing farmers and hand-sorted upon arrival for uniformity and ripeness. Once sorting is complete, cherry is weighed and logged, and then depulped and fermented overnight in fresh water, rinsed again with fresh water the next morning, and taken directly to raised beds to dry, a process that typically takes 12-15 days. During the drying period the coffee is constantly rotated during the day and covered at night to prevent the area’s humidity from settling on the coffee's brittle parchment. Fully dried parchment is transported to Addis Ababa for final milling and export.