Region Idido, Yirgacheffe, Gedeo Zone
Elevation 1750 – 2300
Orange Blossom Honey, Lemongrass, Cacao
Idido is north of the town of Yirga Chefe, in the heart of the coveted Gedeo Zone Region (the narrow section of highland plateau dense with savvy farmers and fiercely competitive processors whose coffee is known the world over as “Yirgacheffe”). The region is named after the Gedeo people who are indigenous to this area. As a coffee terroir, Yirgacheffe is known for intense jasmine-like florals when fully washed, and punchy and sweet when sundried. Idido’s relatively small 1044 members collective farms 1862 hectares of land, about half of which is coffee. This organic washed coffee is fermented underwater with regular water replenishments, and then sundried on raised beds, and often covered at midday to prevent sun damage. The members of each primary cooperative elect their own executive committee, which makes decisions about investments like new equipment and tree maintenance, and how to structure payments to the coop members. Professional managers are also appointed to oversee harvest and processing procedures and are accountable to the members and the executive committee. This complex coffee starts with a floral orange blossom honey, changing into a sweet and crisp combination of lemongrass, and finishes with a pleasant intense cacao aftertaste.