Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Idido Gerse G1 Washed (200g)
Varietal: Ethiopian Heirloom
Altitude: 2400 masl
Roast: Very light
Tasting Notes: White flowers, kiwi and lime, tea-like
Idido is composed of a little more than 1,000 members in total. The members are scattered throughout the communities of Wegida, Aricha, Direto, Ela Tenecha, Bowicha, Haro Badami, and Gerse and they have very small plots of land around their house. Total, they tend to have about 1.5 hectares of land, and, in that 1.5 hectares about half is coffee. Their farms are a diverse ecosystem with lots of different plants and shade. This area is also extremely densely populated (second only to Addis Ababa), making the diversity of the ecosystem that much more impressive. While forested land and tree diversity are issues in many parts of Ethiopia including the south, compared to other regions of the world with this size of population, the amount of shade canopy is impressive. While a large percentage of the population here grows coffee as a cash crop, people are largely subsistence farmers. Enset (false banana) is the main food crop followed by many types of fruits, vegetables, and beans.
This lovely washed coffee, full of characteristics of something you would expect from Yirgacheffe and its nearby region, is likely to be one of a very few Yirgacheffe washed coffees this year. So if you are a fan, go for it!