A rare glimpse into an amazingly specific combination of coffee people, places, and plants. While we generally focus on small farmers around the world, it is a rare privilege and joy to be able to access single farmer coffees in Ethiopia due to the legacy supply chains in place in the coffee trade that rely on an extraordinary number of middlemen. Gelgelu Edema's coffee is immaculately produced and he even provided information on the specific varieties of coffee grown on his 59 acre plot of land. Flavors are elegant and rich with berries and floral notes backed by classic chocolate and caramel sweetness.
The StoryGelgelu Edema Birisho is 78 years old, and grew up with no formal education, though he proudly boasts that of his eleven children one has their post-graduate MBA, six more completed their undergraduate degrees, and the youngest daughter was accepted and will be attending university in the coming year. Along with his wife Elfinesh Babayo, their son Mengistu (an agronomist) and Tsegaye (the MBA grad), Mr. Gelgelu has been growing coffee for an incredible 58 years.
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