ETHIOPIA GEDEB BANKO GOTITI
tangerine, honey, orange spice tea
"Ethiopia Gedeb Banko Gotiti is named after the Banko Gotiti wet mill located in the Gedeb district. This coffee is bursting with notes of tangerine, honey, and orange spice tea."
Elevation: 2000 - 2300 Meters
Roast Level: City - ROAST LEVELS
The Banko Gotiti wet mill is located within Gedeb District, not far from Yirga Cheffe. In fact, because of the close proximity and general similarities in cup flavor profiles, coffee from this region is often traded as "Yirga Cheffe". This privately run wet mill buys from around 650 farmers in the surrounding region, most with 1 - 2 hectares of coffee planted near their homes. In comparison to any other coffee region in the world, the farmers in Gedeb are growing coffee at very high altitudes, ranging from 2000 to 2300 meters above sea level. High altitude helps with coffee density (which correlates to higher probability of sweetness and acidity), and also can affect the size of the beans. You'll see some small beans in this lot, the smallest being 14 screen. Behmor users might want to give their roast batch a shake in the drum before roasting in order to shake free any of the smallest beans that might fall through the screen grid. Farmers deliver their coffee as whole cherry to the station where it is graded by hand immediately before processing, then stripped of it's fruit and moved to fermentation tanks to break down the sticky mucilage, which is finally washed away after 36 to 48 hours. The coffee is then moved to raised drying beds for the better part of two weeks. 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 strong so farmers are paid well, especially for ripe cherry selection. While this coffee doesn't exactly fit into our "Farm Gate" program (we didn't have the level of direct involvement with the station as we do with some coops), Ethiopia has instituted guaranteed prices to farmers in each region that are quite high and we can be sure this trickled down to farmer. So in that sense, it satisfies the main tenet of Farm Gate, which is a very good thing.