Producer // Various Small Producers
Country // Ethiopia
Region // Yirga Cheffe
Cultivar // Ethiopia Heirloom
Process // Wet-Process
Elevation // 1900-2000 Meters
Tasting Notes // Jasmine, Maraschino, Vanilla
Cup Characteristics: Delicate and floral jasmine tones hover on top of a syrupy Maraschino cherry flavor. Deep, complex and rooted in sweetness, Gedebe finishes with a lasting vanilla aromatic.
Sourcing information: The Yirga Cheffe Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (YCFCU) is made up of about 44,000 farmers. In the lush, high altitude surroundings of Southern Ethiopia, Gedebe is a culmination of about 200 farmers hard work. All of these farmers grow and process their coffee on small “garden farms” about 1-2 hectares big (this translates to about 2-6 acres). This coffee comes from one single washing station in Yirga Cheffe, which means that this coffee is from a very specific part of Ethiopia. Since these farms are so small the landmass to have 200 farms is fairly minimal; resulting in a very unique and microclimate for this crop. Some of the farmers in this region also raise cattle as a way to have continuous income throughout the year and not just during the coffee harvest. The processing on this lot is very straightforward. It is de-pulped in a mechanically driven de-pulper and fermented in small tanks for 36-48 hours, or just until all of the parchment is clear of mucilage. The coffee is then dried on raised bed made of wood and wire mesh for 10-12 days.