Banko Gotiti in Yirgacheffe district in the ‘Southern Nations, Nationalities & Peoples’ (SNNP) region of Ethiopia. Over a number of years the region has developed a distinguised reputation for fine coffees, producing some of the most sought-after microlots in the world. The combination of high altitude (up to 2,200m in some areas), fertile soil, consistent and plentiful rains, and an abundance of local knowledge are all contributing factors to the high status of Yirgacheffe coffees. The indigenous ‘heirloom’ varietals – which grow wild in Ethiopia – are responsible for the unique flavour notes which make for an unusual but beautifully refined cup, characterised by strong citric acidity, sweet chocolate and floral/herbal notes of lavender, jasmine, bergamot and thyme.
This washed processed coffee is sourced from the family owned farms organized around the Banko Gotiti Cooperative in the southern district of Gedeb, Ethiopia. The washing station is a cooperative, and a member of the umbrella Yirgacheffe Coffee Farmers’ Cooperative Union (YCFCU). Banko Gotiti split from the larger Worka Cooperative in 2012, forming independently as a small organization with just around 300 members. Cooperatives like Worka and Banko Gotiti benefit from the strong organizational structure of their umbrella union organizations and are exempt from going through the Ethiopia Commodities Exchange (ECX). This allows coffee buyers to pay premiums to farmers belonging to the union for better cherry selection at the washing station level.