Origin: Jimma, Western Ethiopia.
Farm: 150 smallholders
It's here! The much anticipated 2017 crop from Biftu Gudina. In a few short years, this coffee has already become something of a classic. These talented farmers have built an enviable reputation for complex and delicious coffee and it has enabled them to realise up to four times more than for their crop than in the past. Absolutely delicious as either single origin espresso or when brewed by hand.
In the cup you can expect Bergamot, Jasmine and Apricot which is wrapped up in a honey sweetness that really elevates the coffee.
In espresso, we were pulling 34g from a 15g dose in around 29 seconds. We were using a 15g VST basket and flat burrs. In filter, it's easy to brew in the Aeropress using our usual recipe and a 14.5g dose.
For those wanting to know more about Biftu Gudina, check out this information provided by Falcon Speciality.
Derived from Amharic language, Biftu Gudina means "ray of development." The cooperative was established in 2012, and is located in the Agaro - Gomaworeda (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. Afterwards the beans are soaked in clean water in concrete tanks for 8 hours. Waste water treatment relies on 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 African drying beds and carefully hand sorted again.
Biftu Gudina has a strong leadership 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 Falcon Coffees. Since Biftu Gudina was established it has become famous in specialty coffee circles thanks to its incredibly complex and luscious flavour and consequently it now commands prices that farmers could only have dreamt of in the past - asmuch as four times more.
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