Tasting Notes: Candied Lemon, Berries, Jasmine
Region: Gedeb, Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia, East Africa
Producer: Smallholding farmers, Mijane family, Halo Beriti station
Growing Elevation: 1,900 MASL
Variety: 74110, 74112, Heirloom
Banko Gotiti is a neighborhood within the Gedeb district of the Gedeo Zone, an area which is probably best known in the coffee industry for the town Yirgachefe. This is a highly sought after growing region because it’s so fertile, capable of producing high quality delicious coffees.
The Halo Beriti washing station is located just outside of Gedeb town on the slopes of the surrounding mountains, very high up at 2,300 MASL. Cherry is harvested between November and January, and most of the trees produce the 74110 and 74112 varieties. 499 farming families contribute cherry to the station from the surrounding areas of Halo Beriti, Halo Shashe, Halo Bondicha and Halo Haritume.
The station is managed by the Mijane family, who employ 7 full time staff and 168 seasonal workers during the harvest season. There are 12 tanks for floating at the station and over 400 raised beds. There is an Agard pulping machine on site, which allows for more variation in processing the harvested coffees, beyond the traditional natural processing method.