Geta Bora Cooperative is in Ethiopia. It is an incredibly young cooperative in comparison to its neighbors, but its member’s prime locations, soaring altitudes, and rich organic soils lend to a sparking and complex cup. Farmer members here cultivate coffees at altitudes between 2000 and 2200 masl and have around 2-3 hectares of land each in a highly forested area of Illubabor, namely the Metu Bishari forest. As is the case across Ethiopia, much of the coffees grown locally are organic by default and consist mostly of old, naturally indigenous heirloom varieties. Geta Bora Cooperative was established in 2018 and has grown swiftly over the last two years to over 200 members. The founding members worked in tandem with grants from the German Government and the greater Kata Maduga Cooperative Union to form this group with hopes of fostering unity and to share in addressing issues they faced finding good buyers for their coffee and improving standards of production. Part of Geta Bora’s growth and strength lies in being part of the Kata Muduga Multipurpose Farmer’s Cooperative Union - an overarching organization that includes some of the best known, highest quality producing washing stations in the country. Once producers deliver coffee to the Kata Maduga washing station, cherries are gravity sorted before being de-pulped using a Penagos Eco Pulper. The coffee is then soaked in clean water in concrete tanks for 10-12 hours before drying; first skin-dried for eight and a half hours and then sorted under shade. After the initial drying, the coffee is then sun-dried for approximately 12 to 14 days on raised drying beds.
We love Ethiopian coffees at Coffee Manufactory for the bright, crisp, and clean cups they provide. This offering from the Geta Bora Cooperative is no different with notes of note of Peach, Honey, Tangerine, and Creme Soda. We are excited to partner with this young cooperative to help showcase their beautiful coffee as our featured seasonal African offering. We hope you enjoy this beautiful coffee as much as we do.