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Clifton Coffee - Ethiopia - Biftu Gudina - Washed

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A clean and complex washed Ethiopian coffee with flavours of pink lemonade, peach and elderflower. It is light to medium bodied with heady floral notes and a sweet lingering aftertaste.

Biftu Gudina is a relatively new cooperative started in 2012 as part of sustainable Technoserve project. (Technoserve is an NGO supporting the farmers in setting up washing stations and new cooperative structures with a focus on transparency & increased quality production).

Located near the birthplace of coffee, there are some fabulous & totally unique heirloom varietals growing and this one is primarily made up of the not-so interestingly named ‘1274’ cultivar amongst others.

With a strong leadership at the cooperative and a real dedication to quality production, Biftu is continuing to deliver some of the most interesting, unique & delicious coffees in all of Ethiopia.

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. Waste water treatment relies on a natural form of filtration through a vetiver grass plot before it goes into the pits and finally the ground. The beans are then sun dried for 10 to 14 days on raised African drying beds and carefully hand sorted again.


Altitude: 2000 meters above sea level
Farm/Coop: Biftu Gudina Washing Station
Great for: Aeropress, Cafetiere, Espresso, Filter
Origin: Africa/Ethiopia - Agaro, Oromia Region, Jimma Zone
Owner: 150-180 local smallholders
Process Method: Washed - 8hr fermentation, 6hr post-soak, 10 days on raised beds under canopy
Varietals: Native 1274 Varietal & other Ethiopian Heirlooms

Roasterr: Clifton Coffee

Clifton Coffee does not deliver to United Kingdom

Initial collection: Clifton Coffee Roasters - Bristol

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Tasting record

Method Dose Grind Time Volume Comments
e.g. Espresso 18g Vario 1E 25secs 30ml A bit finer next time would be better.