Biftu Gudina: Ethiopia

Ethiopia Biftu Gudina roasted in Cleveland by Phoenix Coffee
Biftu Gudina cooperative in Agaro, Ethiopia
Coffee tree flowering at Biftu Gudina cooperative member farm
Raised beds for drying parchment coffee at Biftu Gudina's original mill
Ethiopia Biftu Gudina roasted in Cleveland by Phoenix Coffee
Biftu Gudina cooperative in Agaro, Ethiopia
Coffee tree flowering at Biftu Gudina cooperative member farm
Raised beds for drying parchment coffee at Biftu Gudina's original mill

Biftu Gudina: Ethiopia

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This is our second year purchasing coffee from the 138-member strong Biftu Gudina cooperative. Their consistent quality lives on as a testament of the power of collaboration between coffee producers and specialists such as Technoserve, who worked with the cooperative for 6 years.

Heirloom varieties such as native variety 1274 organically grown in semi-forest between 1975-2200 MASL in Agaro, Jimma, Ethiopia; pulped using a Penagos eco-pulper; fermented dry for 12 hours; fully washed; soaked; and sun dried on raised beds for 7 days.

What we taste: Tangerine, honey, jasmine

Net weight 12 ounces

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We took our first sourcing trip to Ethiopia in 2014 with our importing partners at Crop to Cup. It was meant to be an exploratory trip but we ended up stumbling on an agent there, Moata, who has become a friend and partner for years.

At the time, Moata was working with Technoserve, an NGO specializing in using agronomic development as a strategy to address poverty. Though Moata, we met our partner producers Girma Eshetu and Abdul from Kossa Geshe. That first year, though, we didn't end up bringing in those coffees—instead, we got coffee from a cooperative in Agaro called Biftu Gudina.

We haven't bought this coffee in a few years — but some things are worth revisiting. Since our last visit in 2016, the cooperative has built a second mill with brand new pulper in order to accommodate their growing production.