Ethiopia Burka Gudina (Organic) Espresso

Sweet orange, clean and floral with undertones of almond praline, dark chocolate and herbal tea

  • Info

    Burka Gudina, which translates to “where the blessings grow”, is a large, privately owned, coffee farm in the Limmu Kosa woreda (district) in Ethiopia’s Jimma zone. As a young boy, growing up on the farm that used to belong to his father, and his father’s father before him, owner Ibrahim Hussein fell in love with coffee.

    Coffee is organically cultivated, without any added pesticides, chemicals or synthetic fertilisers under the shade of acacia trees, interspersed with a mix of other endemic forest trees including wanza (Sudan teak), grevillea, and berbera (African teak). In the shade of this beautiful forest, Ibrahim grows carefully selected local varieties of coffee that grow well in high altitudes and that are resistant to disease.

    Over the 19 years since the farm was established, Ibrahim has set up a great team of farmers (70 of them) and managers and the farm runs like a well-oiled machine. During harvest, Ibrahim employs a further 120 seasonal workers to carefully hand pick only the very ripest cherries. Coffee is processed on the estate at 1,850 masl, with the ripe cherries delivered daily to the wet mill. An additional 200 out-grower partners, in the immediate region, contribute their cherries to the Burka Gudina.

    When the communist regime took over in the 70s, Ibrahim’s father lost his farm, leaving him with just a dry mill in the town of Limu Genet. But Ibrahim’s passion for coffee was not something that would easily die away. Always remembering the halcyon days of his childhood—crossing rivers by mule, eating around a campfire with his father—Ibrahim always dreamt of going back to growing coffee on a large farm.

    In the early 90s, the communist regime fell, and Ibrahim got a chance to make his dreams a reality. Although he did not get his father’s land back, Ibrahim purchased 205 hectares of land quite close to his old stomping grounds. This is now the source of Burka Gudina’s grade one coffee, the culmination of Ibrahim’s passion and fulfilment of his dreams.

  • Technical Details
    • Owner: Ibrahim Hussein
    • Producers: Ibrahim Hussein & 200 Out-Grower Partners
    • Processing: Washed
    • Variety: Mixed Local Heirloom
    • Farm Type: Semi-forest highlands
    • Farm Size: 205 hectare
    • Harvest: 2019/2020
    • Altitude: 1,800-2,000 masl
    • Region: Limmu Kosa, Jimma zone
  • Espresso Recipe
    • 20g

      ground coffee dose

    • 28-30s

      seconds brew time

    • 43g

      espresso shot yield

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