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Yirgacheffe Bekele Heto

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CUP PROFILE: Aromas of dried fruit lead to a smooth bodied cup with notes of strawberries, stone fruit and chocolate..

COUNTRY: Ethiopia
ZONE: Worka-Sakaro, Gedeb District, Gedeo Zone
ELEVATION: 1800-2100masl
PROCESS: Natural
OTHER NOTES: Organic, Grainpro, single origin, traceable, sustainable

785 million people around the world lack access to clean, safe water at home. We are donating a portion of the proceeds of this coffee to which helps make sanitized water safe, accessible and cost-effective. 

Bekele Heto grows coffee on his 38-acre farm in the southeastern corner of the coveted Gedeo Zone -- the narrow section of plateau dense with savvy farmers whose coffee is known as “Yirgacheffe”. This remote corner of the Gedeo plateau centers its commerce around the trading city of Gedeb, a bustling outpost that links commerce between Gedeo and Guji zones, and produces some of the most beautifully perfumed and candy-like natural coffees in all of Ethiopia. 

The communities surrounding Gedeb reach some of the highest growing elevations for coffee in the world. Bekele has been cultivating coffee for 14 years but with the help of the single lot program he has been able to sell his coffee as a micro-lot.  

Ripe cherries for this natural processed coffee were carefully hand-sorted and floated to remove less dense coffee beans. Next, the cherries were dried on raised beds for 15 to 20 days and turned regularly to avoid over-fermentation and mold. Raised beds are carefully constructed to ensure proper air circulation and temperature control for optimal drying.

Type: Coffee