For years, we have been getting amazing coffee from Ethiopia, but with less traceability than we might expect from other countries. For a number of very good reasons, coffee was anonymised as it entered the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange, or ECX, which meant that it was very difficult to track coffees other than those being directly exported by cooperatives. However, in the last few years there has been an effort from the ECX and the Ethiopian Government to increase traceability for the coffees being exported from the country with a new coding system, and we are now seeing the fruits of that. Our importers Schluters can now buy and trace coffees from single farmers, and this is the first one of these for us.
This coffee comes from a twenty year old producer, Gemechu Geso, who has 1.2 hectares of coffee that he farms with his family. They’re up at a really high altitude - 2200 metres above sea level - in the district of Gedeb, which is just south of the famous Yirgacheffe, and about 450 kilometres south of the capital, Addis Ababa.
Alongside this increased traceability, we’re also learning a huge amount more about Ethiopian varieties. There are a few “landrace” varieties, or regionally specific varieties, that are local to the Sidamo/Yirgacheffe region, namely Kurume, Dega and Wolisho (also known as Kuime, Diga and Wilsho). These are the varieties that Gemechu has cultivated.
- Country: Ethiopia
- Region: Gedeo
- Farmer: Gemechu Geso
- Area: 1.2 hectares
- Elevation: 2200 masl
- Coffee Variety: Kurume, Dega, Wolisho
- Processing Type: Washed
- Number of years partnership: 1 Year