Artist Reserve: Ethiopia Gotiti
ROSE + JASMINE | WHITE NECTARINE, FRESH HOPS, PINK BUBBLEGUM + CLEMENTINE
Art by Tyler Kelly
ORIGIN: Gedeb District, Yirga Cheffe, Ethiopia
PRODUCER: Banko Gotiti
ELEVATION: 1950-2200 masl
PROCESS: Fully washed and dried on raised beds
TASTING NOTES: Rose, Jasmine, white nectarine, fresh hops, pink bubblegum and clementine.
ROAST TYPE: Light
The Banko Gotiti wet mill is located within Gedeb District, not far from Yirga Cheffe. In fact, many of the farmers who sell their coffee to Banko Gotiti are indeed from Yirga Cheffe, so it's no surprised that it's often marketed with that name. This privately run wet mill is relatively new, having established their operation only 1 year ago (2021). They buy from around 700 farmers in the surrounding region, most with 1 - 2 hectares of coffee planted near their homes. In comparison to any other coffee region in the world, the farmers in Gedeb are growing coffee at very high altitudes, ranging from 1950 to 2200 meters above sea level. High altitude helps with coffee density (which correlates to higher probability of sweetness and acidity), and also can affect the size of the beans. You'll see some small beans in this lot, the smallest being 14 screen. Farmers deliver their coffee as whole cherry to the station where it is graded by hand immediately before processing, then stripped of its fruit and moved to fermentation tanks to break down the sticky mucilage, which is finally washed away after 36 to 48 hours. The coffee is then moved to raised drying beds for the better part of two weeks. The coffee is again sorted after dry-milling in order to identify any additional defects that were missed at the drying beds (you can see this in action in the first photo). Competition in the region for cherry is strong so farmers are paid well, especially for those who deliver only ripe cherry.
General Brewing Instructions
- Filtered water. Spring water is ideal. Removing chloride, sulfur, and iron is essential.
- A burr grinder. The more even the coffee particles, the better the coffee. Burr grinders, whether manual or electric, will do a better job than "whirly-blade" grinders. Invest in a burr grinder. Your taste buds (and coffee roaster) will thank you.
- A scale. I know using a scale can seem a bit like you're doing something you shouldn't be. Trust me, you can only brew consistently great coffee with a scale. Water and coffee are hard to measure without one.
- Clean equipment. Properly cleaning your equipment is the only way to avoid stale and rancid coffee flavors entering your cup. Please keep your equipment clean. The sooner and more often you clean your gear, the easier it will be in the long run. Add it to your ritual and thank us later.
- Delicious and freshly roasted Color Coffee
- Hario V60 02. Check out Scott Rao's video on how to brew a better pourover than your local cafe does.
- French Press. Check out James Hoffman's video on how to brew a next level cup.
- Aeropress. Check out Tim Wendelboe's video on how to brew an exceptionally easy and delicious cup.
IS YOUR COFFEE ORGANIC OR FAIR TRADE?
In many cases, yes. However, our first priority is quality and flavor. Sometimes these priorities align and our producers are certified organic and/or fair trade. We always pay well above fair trade rates (which are quite low and don’t guarantee sustainability or quality).
Often times, the producers we work with are too small to gain certifications. It’s expensive and laborious. Many of our producers are certified organic and fair trade, including many of our producers in Peru, Ethiopia, and Mexico.
WHAT IS THE BEST TIME-FRAME TO DRINK MY COFFEE?
We recommend drinking our coffee within one month of the roast date. Most of our coffees taste best however within 2 - 14 days of roast date.
For espresso, we recommend using coffee that has rested at least 7 days after roast date. This is because coffee gives off CO2 after roasting that can interfere with extraction. One way to get around this is to let your ground espresso dose sit for 30-120 minutes before pulling the shot. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more questions about this.
If you are pre-grinding the coffee, we recommend drinking the coffee within one week of grinding.
CAN YOU GRIND MY COFFEE ON WEB ORDERS?
Yes, we can. Please select how you want your coffee to be ground at the time you place your order. Simply click on the arrow beside "Grind" and make your selection. If you need help choosing let us know the brewing method you will be using to prepare the coffee, in the notes of the order. And we will be happy to grind the coffee for you on our commercial grinder.
DO YOU HAVE BREW RECIPES?
These are in the works! We are compiling a bunch and even shooting some video, to help you brew like us at home.
In the meantime...go here: Pour Overs | Aeropress to get some expert advice.
MY COFFEE TASTES WEAK, WHAT'S THE PROBLEM?