Ethiopia Banko Gotiti - Natural Process

Ethiopia Banko Gotiti - Natural Process

Regular price $ 22.00







Many Smallholder Farms

Local cultivars



Gedeb District, Gedeo Zone

1900 -2100 masl



As many as 650 individual producers

Blueberry, nectarine, black tea, milk chocolate


The district of Gedeb takes up the southeastern 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 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.

The municipality of Gedeb itself is a bustling outpost that links commerce between the Guji and Gedeo Zones, with an expansive network of processing stations that buy cherry from across zone borders.  These processors (and we agree) would argue their 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 one of the furthest communities east of Gedeb and includes coops that are union-affiliated, as well as independent washing stations of various types, most of which are named after the town of Banko Gotiti itself, leading to some confusion as the coffees make their way around the world.

This lot comes by way of the independent Banko Gotiti washing station owned by Birhanemeskel Abera.  Mr. Abera manages 650 individual farmers who sell cherry to the station.  Natural process coffees are hand sorted upon delivery and then dried carefully on raised beds for 15 - 21 days in a single layer for even air exposure and to reduce surface humidity.  Drying cherry is usually covered during the noontime hours to protect it from intense heat and high UV midday sunlight.