Ethiopia Banko Gotiti
This outstanding lot was grown by farmers living around the town of Banko Gotiti in Gedeo County. Most contributing farmers own less than a hectare of land, and grow coffee simply as a backyard cash crop. Coffee will usually be interspersed with other crops, such as sweet potato, mangoes, and avocados. Varieties of coffee grown are usually considered heirloom, as farmers simply inherit the trees from their parents. Income from coffee is important but minimal for most farmers due to the small size of their farms. As such, inputs are minimal– most coffee grown in the region is 100% organic, though not certified, as farmers generally don’t have the money to apply chemical fertilizers, or pesticides. Gotiti showcases floral aromatics that lead to lush notes of pineapple and peach in the cup.