Ethiopia Negelle Gorbitu

Single Origin Pomegranate Apricot Cherry
  • Varietal - Kulumu, Monichu
  • Process - Washed
  • Altitude - 1840 - 2000 masl
  • Location - Yirgacheffe woreda, Gedeo zone
  • Roast Level -  Medium Light
  • Body -  Round
  • Acidity - Apple
  • Sweetness - Sugar cane


Located just over the border from the Gedeo zone, but still within the Yirgacheffe woreda, the cooperative has a shared nursery with Homa, at times being home to 230,000 seedlings provided to maintain crop quality and increase production; trees are often pruned or replaced every ten years or so, and like any farmer the crops benefit most from being planned ahead of anticipated demand. Ngelle Gorbitu produces around 60% washed coffee and 40% natural. The 858 smallholders that form part of the co-op pick ripe cherries and bring them to the centralised washing station for processing and bagging in parchment. This is then rested before being dry-milled and bagged once sold, in to 60kg bags ready for export. The fairtrade premiums that the coffee has earned them have been used to build medical centres and a school for the whole community and houses for the teachers that do not live nearby.