Ethiopia – Biftu Lot 7 Organic
Derived from the 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 all is processed using the washed method and is certified Organic. At the washing station, cherries are sorted by hand for unripe and over-ripe fruit prior to entering the hopper that feeds the eco-pulper. After pulping the beans are soaked in clean water in concrete tanks for 8 hours. The beans are then sun dried for 10 to 14 days on raised African drying beds and carefully hand sorted again.
Biftu Gudina has strong leadership and a 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 partner Falcon Coffees. Since Biftu Gudina was established it has become famous in speciality coffee circles thanks to its incredibly complex and luscious flavour. Consequently the farmers now receive as much as four times more for their coffee than they did in the past.
Always one of the most eagerly anticipated arrivals of the season, our current lot of Biftu Gudina is as delicious as ever. In the cup, expect notes of Blackberry, tangerine, caramel and dark chocolate. It has a sparkling cranberry and kiwi acidity, is juicy, silky and complex – definitely a favourite for us.
Plus, all our Ethiopian coffees contribute to the Girls Gotta Run Foundation https://www.girlsgottarun.org helping to educate and mentor Girls and their Mothers in Ethiopia through the medium of running.