Echelon - Ethiopia Biftu Gudina Lot 3
Echelon - Ethiopia Biftu Gudina Lot 3
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Echelon - Ethiopia Biftu Gudina Lot 3

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Origin - Ethiopia

Region - Agaro, Jimma region

Process - Washed

Producer - Biftu Gudina cooperative

Altitude - 1910m

Variety - Heirloom

Tasting notes - Lime, peach and kumquat with a gooseberry acidity. A very well-rounded and complex cup.

Cupping score - 88

Derived from Amharic language, Biftu Gudina means "ray of development." The cooperative was established in 2012, and is located in the Agaro - Goma woreda (district) within the Jimma zone. There are about 150 smallholders in total. Located near Jimma town, the co-op benefits from high altitude and rich fertile soils. The surrounding area is green and lush.

The coffee at Biftu Gudina is processed using the washed method. At the washing station, cherries are sorted by hand for unripe and over-ripe fruit prior to entering the hopper that feeds the Penagos eco-pulper. After pulping, the beans are soaked in clean water in concrete tanks for 8 hours. Waste water treatment uses a natural form of filtration through a vetiver grass plot before it goes into the pits and finally the ground. The beans are then sun dried for 10 to 14 days on raised drying beds and carefully hand sorted again.

Biftu Gudina has a strong leadership team and chairman who, together with Technoserve (an NGO that supports farmers in setting up washing stations and new cooperative structures), established the cooperative. Initial funding came from our partners Falcon Coffees. Biftu Gudina has become famous in specialty coffee circles thanks to the incredible quality of the coffees it produces. Consequently it now commands prices of which the co-op’s farmers could only have dreamt in the past.