We are pleased to begin working with our first arrival from Ethiopia for the 2021 harvest season, Geta Bore. This coffee is quite elegant, with aromatics of white flowers and flavors of watermelon candy, lemon custard, and black tea. The Geta Bore cooperative is made up of 232 smallholder farmers, this lot being a collection of their coffees grown in the district of Gomma in the Jimma zone of Southwestern Ethiopia. In its third year of operation, the cooperative was formed with the assistance of the NGO TechnoServe, with the goal of creating opportunities for farmers in the area to produce a high quality crop compared to the standard low quality that was produced in the area. The mill is outfitted with a depulping machine called a Penagos, which mechanically removes not only the cherry from the seed, but also a large amount of mucilage. This mechanical removal greatly reduces water waste, making it a more eco-friendly option. The primary varietal in this lot is called Bishari 71140. One of the most widely-used varieties in Ethiopia, 71140 was approved by the Jimma Agricultural Research Center (JARC) in 1979 because of its coffee berry disease (CBD) resistance and high-yield potential. It was developed from the offspring of a mother tree from the Bishari village of the Metu province in Illuababora. The variety is known for its floral and citrus flavor notes.
Sam hooked us up with an employee perk of her’s: a free bag of this nice, light roast from Metric.