GEDEB / ETHIOPIA
Dehydrated Mango, Floral, Lemonheads, Clean
Location: Gedeo Zone
Elevation: 2000-2300 Masl
Banko Gotiti is the name of both the village and the washing station where this coffee was produced. Located close to the border of theOromia Region, the closest main town is Gedeb, south of Yirgacheffe, in the Gedeo Zone of the Southern Nations Region. The washing station is a cooperative, and a member of the umbrella Yirgacheffe Coffee Farmers’ Cooperative Union. Banko Gotiti split from the larger Worka Cooperative in 2012, forming independently as a small organization with just around 300 members. Cooperatives like Worka and Banko Gotiti in Ethiopia benefit from the strong organizational structure of their umbrella union organizations, as well as improved access to market information through the ECX, Ethiopia’s Commodity Exchange marketplace that sets the price for both export coffee and cherry. Once sold under the Yirgacheffe name, we’ve started to be a little more regionally specific with coffees from this area of the world. While the name Yirgacheffe is easily recognized by coffee buyers – and happens to be associated with some of the first fully washed processing in the world – the town of Gedeb is more specific: it is both the town and the region surrounding the city; like a city plus the suburbs – so you could think of Banko Gotiti, the kebele, as an outlying neighborhood of the Gedeb woreda, all encompassed by the Gedeo Zone. We often find Gedeb coffees similar in style to Yirgacheffes, but a little bigger, a little bolder, a little less subtle. This exceptional lot fits that mold, offering abundant stone, citrus, and berry fruits layered with plenty of inherent sweetness and that slightly floral, slightly savory je ne sais quoi that makes washed Ethiopian coffees some of the most unique and thrilling in the world.