Ethiopia Biftu Gudina
Farm: Biftu Gudina
Notes: blueberry | black tea | jasmine
Derived from Amharic language, Biftu Gudina means "ray of development." Despite having the resonance of a Bulgarian centre-left political party, this capitalist cooperative was established in 2012 and includes 150 small farms. They all enjoy the benefits of high altitude, rich fertile soils and lush vegetation.
The coffee at Biftu Gudina is processed using the washed method. 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. Afterwards, the beans are soaked in clean water in concrete tanks for 8 hours. Biftu Gudinians care about the planet, so the waste water treatment relies on a natural form of filtration through a vetiver grass plot before it goes into the ground. The beans are then sun dried for 10 to 14 days on raised African drying beds and carefully hand sorted again.
All these would not have worked like clockwork had it not been for an efficient leadership and a strong chairman who together with Technoserve (an NGO that supports farmers in setting up stations and new structures) established the cooperative. The initial funding came from Falcon Coffees, but Biftu Gudina has become famous in specialty coffee circles thanks to its incredible complex and luscious flavor.
Always one of the most eagerly anticipated arrivals of the season, the Biftu Gudina is as delicious as ever. Intense jasmine and magnolia florals, notes of apricot, lime and hops and a complex honey sweetness come from under the storage door. Thank goodness that Bob is not a bear; yet, being sensitive to nature, he tries to lift his leg at the door every now and then. But the storage manager keeps a sharp eye on him.