Banko Gotiti is a washing station in the Gotiti kebele, near Gedeb, Yirgacheffe. The washing station is situated 2200masl, and buys cherries from small producers in the area, whose farms go up to 2300masl. These small producers typically have between 0.5 and 3 hectares of land which is managed organically with compost and is often grow within the native forest. There is a mix of varieties in the area, most of which are local, yirgacheffe landrace selections taken from wild varieties growing in nearby forests and the rest are selections from the Jimma Agricultural Research Centre that are distributed nationally.
The coffee delivered to the Banko Gotiti washing station is pulped, fermented under water and then washed before being placed on raised beds under shade to skin dry for 24 hours before being moved to sun drying for another 14 days. At this site the team are very selective about cherry quality ensuring only the ripest are bought and make sure the coffee is dried slowly with a skin drying phase to start the process.
Crop: August, 2019
SCA rating: 88