Ethiopia Banko Gotiti Yirgacheffe Natural




Coffee all started in Ethiopia in the 9th Century when the goat-herder Kaldi, noticed his goats acting more spritely after consuming cherries from a certain plant. Kaldi tried the cherries and noticed some of the familiar effects that we all feel when we enjoy some of the good drink in the morning. While this is a popular account of the ‘Discovery’ of coffee, there are other accounts of traders chewing cherries on trade routes from Ethiopia in order to increase energy. Ethiopia’s history is full of dramatic changes. Over the last four decades, the Ethiopian people have lived under three different forms of government, which include a semi-feudal imperial, a military rule with Marxist ideological orientation from 1974-1991, and a federal governance system from 1991 until the present. All of these periods have been accompanied by dissatisfaction, armed resistance and rebellions. Ethiopia has also confronted economic, social and environmental problems including a war with Eritrea from 1998-2000. This recent dispute with Eritrea as well other historical conflicts has provoked many damages, including lost lives, limited access to the land, emotional trauma, and extreme hunger.

Coffee still grows wild in Ethiopia’s mountain forests. Ethiopian farmers cultivate coffee in four different systems, which include forest coffee, semi-forest coffee, garden coffee and plantation coffee. About 98% of the coffee in Ethiopia is produced by peasants on small farms and it is the country’s most important export. Ethiopia is Africa’s third largest coffee producer. There are about 700,000 coffee smallholders in Ethiopia, of which 54 percent are in semi forest areas. Coffee has been part of their indigenous cultural traditions for more than 10 generations.

Coffee is traded on the Ethiopian Commodities exchange (ECX) which unique to many other countries sets its own prices. Ethiopia Produced 7.1 Million Bags of Coffee in 2017-2018. Most Ethiopian Coffee goes to Germany and Saudi Arabia (about 20% Each) while Australia takes 2%. While most coffee does go through the ECX, reforms recently passed by the government have allowed larger farms and co-ops to market and sell their coffees directly to consumers, resulting in increased traceability and fairer pricing

This coffee comes from the award-winning cooperative in the tiny village of Banko Gotiti – in sub-region of Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia, called Gedeb – which internationally was recognized for their natural sundried coffee this year as it has won countless awards internationally

Processed by the traditional sun dried natural method where harvested cherries are sorted for ripeness, cleaned and then placed on raised beds to dry. The coffee pulp is allowed to dry onto the bean. cherries are hulled, and the dried fruit is removed from the bean.

This natural processed coffee is sourced from the family owned farms organized around the Banko Gotiti Cooperative in the southern district of Gedeb, Ethiopia. Established in 2012, Banko Gotiti Cooperative is a separate entity from the larger and well known Worka Cooperative where we have had coffee from in prior years. Currently there are an estimated 300 members in the coop, that number is expected to increase steadily. In 2005, Worka joined the Yirgacheffe Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (YCFCU), an umbrella organization established in 2002 to promote sustainable coffee supply from cooperatives in the Gedeo region of Ethiopia. In total there are 25 coops affiliated with the YCFU totaling more than 35,000 collective members.
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