We’ve talked a bit about Ethiopia’s unique coffee history in a previous post, but today we bring you a new coffee from the Yirgacheffe region:
Coffee: Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Zonegediyo Gedebo Grade-1
Tasting Notes: floral, honey, tea, citrus, cocoa, very clean finish aftertaste
Variety: Ethiopian heirloom varieties
Altitude: 5,900 – 6,600 feet
Processing: Fully Washed, Dried on Raised Beds
About the Farm: Gedeb District is located in the the southern part of Yirga Cheffe in the Gedeo Zone (“Zonegediyo”), and is also the name of the site where the coffee is collected and dried on elevated beds. This Gedeb site has roughly 700 local farmers who bring their coffee here for wet-processing, drying and hand-sorting. The farms are little more than large ‘gardens’ adjacent to homes, growing heirloom varietals native to the region. Farmers deliver their coffee as whole cherry to the station where it is graded, fully washed, and then laid out on drying beds. The coffee is again sorted after dry-milling in order to identify any additional defects that were missed at the drying beds. Competition in the region for cherry is quite strong so farmers are paid well, especially for ripe cherry selection.
This coffee is part of Coffee Shrub’s Farm Gate pricing program which pays well above Fair Trade. Much of the coffee details is also from the importer.