Flavors of strawberry, cocoa, and blackberry
Bedhatu Jibicho is a single farmer from the village of Banko Gotiti, Gedeb, Ethiopia. We first met her in 2014 when she and her neighbors joined together to form the Banko Gotiti Cooperative. Over the last four years we have been working with the Banko Cooperative extensively and getting to know Bedhatu Jibicho’s coffees really well, as she is the largest single producer within the cooperative. As Olympia Coffee has been pushing forward to source coffees that truly have the most impact in improving farmers' lives, our goal moved toward sourcing from individual producers rather than large cooperatives. Working with our sourcing partners in Ethiopia, Royal Coffee, we incentivized certain producers to leave their cooperatives and obtain their own Export license. In doing so, these farmers are able to retain 30% more of their margin, which previously went to the cooperative. We have the rare opportunity to drink a single producer's coffee, which in Ethiopia is almost unheard of, and have the impact of improving the lives of farmers and their families.