Ethiopia - Yirgacheffe Banko Gotiti
Ethiopia - Yirgacheffe Banko Gotiti
Ethiopia - Yirgacheffe Banko Gotiti
Ethiopia - Yirgacheffe Banko Gotiti
Ethiopia - Yirgacheffe Banko Gotiti
Ethiopia - Yirgacheffe Banko Gotiti
Ethiopia - Yirgacheffe Banko Gotiti
Ethiopia - Yirgacheffe Banko Gotiti
Ethiopia - Yirgacheffe Banko Gotiti
Ethiopia - Yirgacheffe Banko Gotiti

Ethiopia - Yirgacheffe Banko Gotiti

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blueberry, honey, lychee, mango

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Producer: EDN Ethiopian Coffee / Smallholder Farmers
Location: Yirgacheffe, Banko Gotiti 
Variety: Kurume, Mixed Heirloom
Process: Natural Anaerobic
Altitude: 1,950 - 2,300 masl
Crop Year: 2023

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After years of studying and working in the UK and the US, 2018 saw Michael Tseyahe co-found EDN Ethiopia Coffee, a coffee-producing and exporting company with five processing sites, also known as washing stations, in Ethiopia. They started the company with a noble sense of responsibility to contribute to nation-building by directly participating in advancing the country’s agricultural agenda, being its predominant source of both national income and pride.

In so doing, EDN is among the enablers of bettering coffee-growing families’ welfare while helping introduce improvements and innovations to traditional know-how, thereby supporting efforts to perpetuate the country’s intangible heritage in coffee.

Quality-focused and customer-oriented, the company has invested in nurturing its ties with peer producers and the smallholder farmers within their scope, skill-building within their teams, as well as building out the appropriate infrastructure to meet the requirements of its global customers. As such, they have been gaining renown for their professionalism and reliability as a provider of higher-end specialty coffees in small and difficult-to-acquire batches amid an increasingly challenging milieu.

Washed, natural, honey, and anaerobic post-harvest processing methods are implemented across EDN’s processing sites located in two of only three eminent coffee-growing administrative regions recognized at the Ethiopian Cup of Excellence from 2021 to 2022, both in the south. First is SNNPR (i.e. the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region), where the neighboring Yirgacheffe and Gedeb districts within the Gedeo zone are located. Second is the Oromia Region, where the Hambela district within the Guji zone is.

It is the Yirgacheffe Gedeb Processing Site that receives and processes the coffee cherries encapsulating the most desirable characteristics of the Gedeo highlands’ paramount terroir, situated at 1,950 to 2,300 masl, and which are cultivated and harvested by smallholder farmers from the Banko Gotiti Village — most of whom are still in the process of recovering their livelihoods and restoring their households after being displaced by intercommunal conflicts in the last half-decade.

Kurume is one of the varieties native to the Gedeo zone and reportedly originated from the Yirgacheffe. Collectively, coffee varieties that have naturally occurred and proliferated in Ethiopia are referred to as “regional landraces.”

“Ethiopian heirloom,” meanwhile, is the general term commonly used to identify coffee originating from Ethiopia. It covers regional landraces and Jimma Agricultural Research Center (JARC) varieties, which were developed and released to improve the productivity and livelihood of smallholder coffee farmers and boost the country's coffee industry. JARC varieties are promoted and bred because of their good quality when grown at the recommended elevations, resistance to or tolerance of adverse elements, and adaptability to diverse environments. There are 40+ JARC varieties comprised mostly of pure line selections and a handful of hybrids.

Ethiopian heirlooms are popularly observed to express archetypal fruity and floral qualities and a complex character.

Cultivated by Banko Gotiti farmers in modest parcels of land near their homestead without the use of non-natural inputs, Kurume and such other heirlooms that grow in close proximity are considered to be “garden coffees” that are organic by default.

The properly ripe cherries are carefully hand-picked by the farmers and delivered to conveniently located collection points, where flotation is done to spot and remove overripe, underripe, and damaged cherries. EDN employees then do a further visual assessment to ensure only the cherries at optimum ripeness proceed to the anaerobic fermentation phase, which ensues in pressurized and oxygen-free containers.

Throughout fermentation, there is strict monitoring and control to ensure the necessary sugar content, temperature, and pressure levels are met and maintained, and oxygen is consistently absent, to achieve the desired cup profile.

After 10 to 12 days in the anaerobic fermentation phase, the cherries are transferred from the fermentation tanks to the drying beds, which had been designed to allow for proper air circulation. Throughout the drying phase, which could last from 15 to 20 days until the target moisture level of 11% is reached, the cherries are periodically churned to achieve the required degree of fermentation.

Had this micro-lot undergone a washed process, the flavor profile would have been directed towards heady florals and herbally tinged bright citruses. Through the natural anaerobic process, however, the cup’s character turned towards the heightened, fragrant, and sticky sweetness of tropical fruits balanced by a muted acidity.

brewing guide

- Ready your brewing tools ahead.
- Keep your coffee gear and containers clean.
- Decide and adjust your grind size based on:
— Your coffee’s roast date
— Your brewing method
- Be consistent with water quality and measuring weight, ratios, and time.
- Remember!
— Let your palate help you personalize the best recipe for you.
— Brew often and have fun!

More about Brewing here.


  • (like table salt; 27-32 clicks in Comandante MK4 and 17-20 clicks in Timemore C2)
  • COFFEE AGE: 7-14 days, ideally
  • COFFEE DOSE: 17 grams
  • WATER WEIGHT: 255 mL
  • TARGET BREW TIME: 02:30 - 03:00

1. Heat water to 90°C-93°C

2. Arrange your brewing set-up.

— Place your dripper on the carafe & filter paper in the dripper.

— Rinse the filter paper with hot water & remove the rinsing water from the carafe.

3. Switch on your scale.

4. Measure out 17 g of coffee & grind to Medium.

5. Place the carafe and dripper with the rinsed filter paper onto the scale, & tare.

6. Transfer the ground coffee to the dripper; then, tare.

7. Start the timer!

First pour to bloom, 55ml for 30 seconds.

Second pour, 100 ml at 00:30.

Third pour, the final 100ml at 01:15

8. Target to finish the brew within 02:30 to 03:00 minutes.

9. Serve & enjoy!