Intro by Chris Kornman
One of the things I miss the most about the current work scenario is that I don’t get regular facetime with Evan Gilman, a core member of The Crown whose abilities have been put to work for our outbound logistics team as he works from home. Fortunately, he’s been especially communicative about this coffee in particular, calling it “100% good for slamming” in one exchange.
It is an expressive coffee where apricot and basil lemonade meet classic jasmine, white peach, honey and pear. With a coffee this clean and lush, it’s almost too easy to forget how much work goes into the process of growing, harvesting, and processing great coffee.
Banko Gotiti is the name of both the village and the washing station where this coffee was produced. Located close to the border of the Oromia Region, the closest main town is Gedeb, south of Yirgacheffe, in the Gedeo Zone of the Southern Nations Region.
The washing station is owned and operated by METAD Agricultural Development PLC. The family-run company was gifted property by Emperor Selassie in honor of the matriarch, Muluemebet Emiru, the first African female pilot. METAD is now managed by her grandson Aman Adinew, and its export partner Rift Valley Trading LLC is operated by his brother Michael Adinew. Among the many important pieces of work undertaken by METAD are their commitment to equal employment opportunities for women and education opportunities for the youth of the coffeelands, their early partnerships with Grounds for Health, and their development of Africa’s first SCAA certified lab.