$21.00 - $46.75
Due to COVID-19 and high order volumes, we cannot guarantee requests for ground coffee and shipments may be delayed.
|PRODUCER||Legu Trading PLC|
|REGION||Kochere Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia|
|TASTES LIKE||Orange, molasses, cinnamon|
|PACKAGE||12 oz or 2 lb whole bean|
Ethiopia Banco Gotete is making its annual visit to the Cartel shelves. This coffee is a prime example of the type of coffee we like to source. It’s carefully processed at origin by Legu Trading, where they pay both workers and farmers premium wages and prices, resulting in a coffee that is both sustainably grown and incredibly tasty.
Most contributing farmers own less than a hectare of land, and they grow coffee simply as a backyard cash crop. Coffee will usually be interspersed with other subsistence crops, such as sweet potato, mangos and avocados. Varieties of coffee grown are usually interpreted to be ‘heirloom,’ as very little renovation takes place, and farmers simply inherit the trees of their parents. This is why the varieties are referred to as ‘heirloom’ by the industry. Locally, many farmers simply call them ‘Gedeo’ variety.
Income from coffee is important but minimal for most farmers due to the small size of their farms. As such, inputs are minimal – most coffee grown in the region is 100% organic, though not certified, as farmers simply don’t have the money to apply chemical fertilisers, pesticides or herbicides.
Legu trading tries to help with this situation by offering a premium price and by hiring as many individuals as possible in their mills and facilities. The company hires at least 300 people year round and up to 600 in the high season. All workers are paid a fair wage and receive full, 8 hour work days.