Ethiopia Bedhatu Jibicho
Ethiopia Bedhatu Jibicho
Blackberry, mango, guava, blueberry, lemonade, jasmine.
This is a very special natural process coffee - by roasting in our Nordic-style preference, you get clear taste of terroir (in this case, a high scoring Ethiopian coffee from a single small farm) and the natural process boosts the coffee’s inherent sweetness... Because of the combination of these, we roast even lighter than usual, resulting in one of the most flavor complex and richly sweet coffees.
GEDEB DISTRICT, GEDEO ZONE, ETHIOPIA
INDIGENOUS HEIRLOOM VARIETALS
OCTOBER - DECEMBER 2018
NATURAL, DRIED ON RAISED BEDS
ROYAL COFFEE, TESFAYE ROBA (BEDHATU’S SON)
~13% AT 8.75MIN
The importer, Royal Coffee, has anticipated this coffee for months as it’s historically been one of their absolute favorites. Bedhatu is not only an extremely experienced farmer, but also has evolved from cooperative member to exporter, taking full advantage of recently ratified changes to the ECX allowing for improved direct trade. Starting last season, Bedhatu and her neighbors have banded together, with support from her son Tesfaye Roba, using the premiums they’ve received to establish a farmer-owned export company to sell their coffee independently.
Banko Gotiti is the kebele, or neighborhood, within the Gedeb woreda (district) of the Gedeo Zone. Mostly known by coffee folks for Yirgacheffe town near its center, Gedeo is a funny little appendage that droops south of Sidama, off the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region and into Oromia. Gedeb is Gedeo’s southeastern-most woreda, and Banko Gotiti is the last kebele in the east before the border of the Hambela Wamena district of Guji, within Oromia. Geography in this part of Ethiopia can be a little confusing, compounded by redrawn districts about a decade ago and the expected fluidity of borders in a largely unincorporated agricultural landscape.
All this is relevant, however, because this region is fertile, booming with coffee, and also at the center of regional ethnic conflicts that predate the borders. Ethiopia’s woredas and regions are largely related to ethno-linguistic groups. The Gedeo people are one such group, as are the Oromo people. The Oromo have long been marginalized in Ethiopia, despite their population making up nearly a third of the total number of Ethiopian citizens. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is Oromo, and his progressive policies — well publicized in Western press — have largely overshadowed the threats of displacement, violence, and famine in Gedeb and Guji.
As coffee buyers, ongoing support of the resilience and work of folks like Bedhatu Jibicho can provide a measure of stability in uncertain times. It’s a testament to the fastidiousness and quality of the work undertaken by Bedhatu Jibicho and her family and network that we even have the coffee in the first place, much less that it tastes so incredibly delicious.
To ensure you get the freshest coffee available, your order will be roasted and shipped on our next roast date - within 9 days