ETHIOPIA - Biftu Gudina

ETHIOPIA - Biftu Gudina
Tasting Notes

Full bodied with a lifted citric acidity, winey sweetness, and notes of honey, chocolate and baking spice.

Available in filter and light espresso roast.


Country : Ethiopia  Vintage : 2014
Region : Oromiya - Jimma
 Altitude : -
Farm : Agaro - Goma Woreda  Varietal : Heirloom cultivars
Farmer : Biftu Gudina Co-op
 Processing : Fully Washed


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 130 smallholders who are members of Biftu Gudina. Located near Jimma, it is benefiting from the high altitude, and 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 unripes and overripes prior to going into production. A Penagos eco-pulper is used to pulp the coffee cherries. Afterwards the beans are soaked in clean water in concrete tanks for 8 hours. The beans are then sun dried for 10 days on raised african drying beds and carefully hand sorted again.

Biftu Gudina has a strong leadership and chairman who together with Technoserve established the cooperative. They have also a rather innovative way of shareholding, as one farmer can access and purchase more shares. Their waste water treatment is done through a vetiver grass plot, naturally filtrating the water before it goes into the pits and finally the ground.

Ethiopia, being an 'origin of all origins', has hundreds of heirloom varietals. This particular lot is a mix of heirloom varieties including a native variety called 1274. There is the lovely floral fragrance and fruitiness typical of Ethiopian coffees, but this lot also exhibits hints of spices in the finish, like fresh white pepper, which is quite unique.

Tagged : Coffee, Archive, Filter, Origins

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