Gardelli - Ethiopia
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Basha Bekele's farm in the Sidama region of Ethiopia
1950 - 2000 masl
Notes of Mandarin, Yellow Plum, Black Tea and Demerara Sugar
SCA Score - 89.00
This lot comes from a group of small farmers in the Sidama region of Southern Ethiopia. Thanks to the changes to export laws in Ethiopia, small producers are now able to market their coffee directly, but this is still very challenging, and few have access to the necessary financial resources to start trading directly. This group of farmers in Sidama all have between 3 and 12 hectares and all have their own export licenses, but this year they assigned Buriso Amaje as their group leader who now coordinates the milling and export of the coffee in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Abeba. These farmers have amazing potential, which this lot fully demonstrates, but with some additional training in farm management and picking, processing and drying, as well as agronomists’ input, the quality of their coffees is set to improve even further.
Basha and his wife and two children own 3 hectares of land in the Bombe village in Bensa, Sidama. Basha cultivates the 74160 variety which he received through the Jimma Agricultural Research Centre. The coffee grows under the shade of native trees in a forest. Basha’s family single-handedly pick and process all of their coffee. The cherries are placed on raised beds at the family home to dry for around one month.
The 74160 variety is a selection produced by the Jimma research centre. This variety has been selected from wild plants in the Metu-Bishari forest in the Illubabor zone in Western Ethiopia. 74160 is a widespread variety across Ethiopia and was selected for its resistance to coffee berry disease (CBD) and its high yield. This variety is known to have very pronounced citrus and floral notes.