In Afan Oromo language, Biftu Gudina means “ray of growth”.  The cooperative was established in 2012, and is located in the Agaro – Goma woreda (district) within the Jimma zone. There are about 150 smallholders in total. Located near Jimma town, the co-op benefits from high altitude and rich fertile soils. The surrounding area is green and lush. The coffee at Biftu Gudina is processed using the washed method. At the washing station, cherries are sorted by hand for unripe and over-ripe fruit prior to entering the hopper that feeds the Penagos eco-pulper. Afterwards the beans are soaked in clean water in concrete tanks for 8 hours. The beans are then sun dried for 10 to 14 days on raised African drying beds and carefully hand sorted again.

Today, Biftu Gudina is one of the few cooperatives under the Keta Muduga Union and since this coop was established it has become famous in specialty coffee circles thanks to its incredibly complex and luscious flavour and hence, today it is able to ask for prices that farmers could only have dreamt of – up to four times more what farmers would have normally gotten. We are always happy to have this coffee on our shelves and every time we cup it we remember why we love it so much. Last season, we were very warmly welcomed by the cooperative. They opened their doors nicely to us and let us spend a night at the washing station to witness all harvest activities. We exchanged stories, coffee (we made them a V60), and a lot of laughter.

This coffee is as delicious and balanced as coffee can be, expect intense earl gray tea flavors in the cup, rose petal jam, roasted vanilla, ending with a syrupy finish, and a complex fruity sweetness.