Sagebrush Unroasted

Ethiopia Koke Honey Gold Label | Green Coffee Beans


Recommended Roast Level

City Plus (Medium)

Tasting Notes

It doesn't take a trained palette to catch the overwhelmingly sweet and delicious flavored profile of this new Ethiopian honey process. With tropical fruited notes and underlying naturally floral sugars, this coffee delivers on all cylinders for an exceptional Ethiopian bean.

Koke & Birbes Kela Washing Stations Coffee Production

Coffee grown in the many districts and kebeles of the Gedeo Zone is often referred to as Heirloom varieties, many of which were propagated and distributed to farmers in the last 40 years. Trees grow in red-brown fertile soil under the shade of many tree species including Bibira, Cordia Africana, and the subsistence crop Ensete ventricosum.

In the southern region of Ethiopia, farmers pick coffee selectively, harvesting only ripe cherries individually by hand. Pickers rotate among the trees every eight to ten days, choosing only the cherries which are at peak ripeness. Many pickers average approximately 100 to 200 pounds of coffee cherries a day, which will produce 20 to 40 pounds of coffee beans. Each worker’s daily haul is carefully weighed, and each picker is paid on the merit of his or her work. The day’s harvest is then transported to the processing plant.

This lot of Koke Honey was sourced from a total of around 1200 smallholder farmers from Birbes Kela, Koke, Konga, Wedessa, and Tisho kebeles bring their harvested cherries for processing at the Koke and Birbes Kele washing stations. The Birbes Kela washing station, located in the Birbes Kela kebele, is owned and operated by Semira Negash. The site was founded in 2020 and operates as a vertically integrated partner of Tracon, one of our exporting partners in Ethiopia. Shortly after opening her washing station, Semira quickly established herself as a producer of high-quality coffees with a strong placement in Ethiopia’s 2021 Cup of Excellence.


Roast Level: City Plus (Medium)
Processing: Honey
Region: Africa
Flavor Notes: Coconut, Pineapple, Vanilla
Body: Creamy, Complex
Classification: Gold Label
Recommended Brew Methods: Pour Over, Drip, Espresso
Country Region: Yirgacheffe
Certification: Direct Trade
Farm: Smallholder Farms
Producer: Koke & Birbes Kela Washing Stations
Varietal: Kurume, Dega, Wolisho
Altitude: 1800m

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