Premium Organic Coffee from Bedhatu Jibicho
This coffee was brought to the US as part of the Single Producer Project developed between Royal Coffee, our importer, and the Yirgacheffe Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (YCFCU). It was grown by a woman named Bedhatu Jibicho who is now 80 years old and has been managing her family’s farm for over 50 years. Considered one of the most renowned farmers in her area, Bedhatu has been producing coffee that roasters across the world are dying to get their hands on.
The Coffee Industry in Gedeo Zone, Ethiopia
Coffee production in the Gedeo Zone in south central Ethiopia has been severely set back after more than 40 storehouses, washing stations and dry mills were damaged during fighting amongst different ethnic groups in the region in 2017. The damage to washing stations has forced many farmers to naturally dry their crop in the sun instead of following the washing process typical of the region.
Unfortunately, the fighting has displaced more than 800,000 people and escalated to the point where on July 24, 2018, the United States announced $170M in humanitarian assistance to displaced people in the region. New coffee shipments from Ethiopia are expected in the fall of 2018, but due to the unrest we cannot guarantee that we will be fortunate enough to get more coffee from the Gedeo Zone.