ORIGIN: GEDEO ZONE, ETHIOPIA
VARIETY: LANDRACE CULTIVARS
NOTES: NECTARINE, ORANGE, RED APPLE
Desta Gola is part of Royal Coffee’s “Single Farmer Lots Program”, a program designed to separate single farmer lots from the larger cooperative blends sold through the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange. Through yearly visits and regular communication, Royal works with the farmers to ensure they follow strict farm management and post-harvest protocols. This has resulted in increasing cup quality and higher returns for these producers year after year.
Desta Gola has been cultivating coffee since 2013, and it is his main source of income to support his wife and their nine children. In more recent years, he has been able to sell his coffee as organic micro-lots, which is a more sustainable way for him to grow coffee and support his family.
Ripe cherries for this washed processed coffee were taken to the Adame Garbota Cooperative where Desta is a member. At the cooperative the cherries are carefully hand sorted and floated to remove less dense coffee beans, then depulped, fermented for 48 hours, and washed and classified again in channels. The parchment is placed on raised beds where it is hand sorted again and dried over a period of 12 to 15 days. The parchment is often covered during the afternoons to prevent harsh drying in the intense sun.
This is our second time bringing in Desta Gola’s coffee, and we are so excited to have it back in our line up. It is such a delicious example of a beautiful washed Ethiopian coffee.