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Back in 2019, one of the year's highlights was the first (and only so far) Cape Town Coffee Festival. It was a joy to have so many of our partners and other coffee professionals in one place, not to mention so many delicious coffees to try. One coffee that particularly stood out to us and many festival-goers was released by Origin Coffee Roasting at the African Coffee Experience. There were a lot of 'wow's uttered at the cupping table. That coffee was the Ethiopia Kochere Banco Gotete Natural.
Two years later, we're very excited to have a new lot to try from the same place. This is, in fact, the third Gotete natural we've had the pleasure of offering. Like its predecessors, it's a good reminder that some of the best coffees coming out of the esteemed Yirgacheffe region of Ethiopia are currently naturals. Yirgacheffe coffees are known for their delicate qualities, floral and tea-like aromas, and subtle hints of fruit. Natural-processed coffees, on the other hand, are best known for their bigger bodies and more intense sweetness. In this coffee, you should expect a delightful blend of both.
For a particularly special tasting experience, be sure to also pick up a bag of the Kochere Banco Gotete Washed while you can.
There are few coffees that elicit a palpable excitement in the team at CCB with a mere mention. Usually, they are very limited, rare releases, but in the case of Banco Gotete, our familiarity with coffee from this town only makes it an even firmer favourite. We're always thrilled to have one of these lots to drink.
This coffee is a veritable fruity, flavour explosion. Origin has dubbed it a strawberry bomb. With our without the ballistic references, this is a coffee worth trying, for its incredible fruit flavours. There's a subtle boozy quality underpinning this medley of sweet notes. There's some citrus to discern, perhaps also some tropical fruit, and definitely some berries. In batch brew, it tasted more like stone fruit-flavoured iced tea. If you enjoy coffees with 'wild' flavours, you should definitely grab a bag of this one.
- Flavour: Strawberry bomb (on the nose and in the cup), earthy, orange marmalade, alcohol-infused fruit
- Body: Velvety
- Roast: Light-medium
- Acidity: citric / strawberry
- Suggested brewing: Versatile (we love it in everything – except maybe in plunger)
This exceptional lot was processed, dry milled and exported by Legu Trading. The coffee was grown by smallholder farmers living around the town of Banco Gotete in Gedeo County, in the Yirgacheffe region.
Most of these contributing farmers own less than a hectare of land, and they grow coffee simply as a backyard cash crop. Coffee is usually interspersed with other subsistence crops, such as sweet potato, mangos and avocados.
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 simply don't have the money to apply chemical fertilisers, pesticides or herbicides, nor do they have the resources to get organic certification.
Legu trading tries to help with this situation by offering a premium price and by hiring as many individuals as possible in their mills and facilities. The company hires at least 300 people year-round and up to 600 in the high season. All workers are paid a fair wage and receive full, 8-hour workdays.
- Owner: Legu Trading PLC
- Farms: Various smallholders
- Town: Banco Gotete
- Region: Gedeo, Yirgacheffe
- Country: Ethiopia
- Altitude: 2,000 to 2,100 masl
- Varieties: Local Landraces & JARC 74 selections
- Processing: Natural and dried on raised African beds