This certified organic coffee was processed using the natural method, a way of processing where the coffee fruit is dried whole. When everything works perfectly, as with this example, the resulting cup is smooth with intense fruit-forward flavors.
Burka Gudina is a large farm that spans over 600 acres, with about 375 of them dedicated to coffee production. Owner Ibrahim Hussein is a third-generation coffee farmer who followed in his family’s footsteps by purchasing land in Ethiopia’s Limu growing region with the intention of growing coffee. His grandfather settled in the Limu area after trekking from Wollo in northeast Ethiopia in the 1930s. Ibrahim selected the name Burka Gudina for the farm, which translates to “Where Blessings Grow.” In a country dominated by smallholder cooperatives, Burka Gudina is one of the rare specialty coffee estates in Ethiopia. The farm employees 40 full time workers and these numbers expand to 120 during the peak harvest season.
The coffee was decaffeinated using the Swiss Water Process of caffeine extraction, without the use of solvents. The coffee soaks in a ͞green coffee extract that coaxes the caffeine out of the beans. The extract then passes through activated carbon filters that remove the caffeine before being reintroduced to the beans. This process continues until the beans are 99.9% caffeine free.