The Jabanto group formed in 2017, after changes in the Ethiopian coffee policy permitted smallholder farmers to be able to directly export and sell their coffees. The group has worked hard to build an enterprising business from scratch and their commitment to careful harvesting and processing each year results in some of our favorite offerings. This year’s production of Jabanto Natural Sundried tastes like blueberry, chocolate, and honey.
Jabanto – Natural Sundried is our featured coffee for the month of November.
Kurume, Dega, Wolisho and JARC CBD resistant coffee varieties
Counter Culture only roasts the coffea arabica, but, under the species of arabica, we buy dozens of different coffee varieties from around the world. Learn more about varieties here.
Processing is the method to turn the fruit from a coffee tree into dried green coffee ready for roasting.
This refers to the elevation at which this coffee was grown.
Through early-December 2020
This refers to the amount of time this coffee will be available for purchase at Counter Culture. Availability is determined by supply and also when the coffee tastes the freshest.
Counter Culture has been purchasing coffees from farmers in the Gedeo zone of Ethiopia since 2011. Back in 2011, the Ethiopian coffee export policy required that most coffees be blended and sold by regional grade; only cooperatives or large estates were allowed to directly market their coffees and thus provide specific traceability to buyers. Many of these cooperatives took the traceability offer one step further by facilitating the sale of single-farmer microlots from their members. During that time, Counter Culture purchased coffees from both the cooperatives and single farmers in and around Yirgacheffe and Kochere counties exporting their coffee through cooperatives.
In 2017, the Ethiopian government implemented a new policy which made it possible for smallholder coffee farmers to directly market their coffees. However, along with this opportunity came a lot of red tape. Farmers needed to undergo documentation-heavy processes to obtain export licenses, negotiate and arrange logistics like transportation and milling, all the while focusing on producing high-quality coffee and finding interested buyers. Despite all the challenges, a group of farmers—the same group who used to sell to Counter Culture through the cooperative union—really wanted to make it happen and, in 2018, Counter Culture and the farmers hired the G Broad consulting company to coordinate the process.
The group named themselves Jabanto, which means “stronger together” translated from Gedeofa, the official language of the Gedeo people. This year, Jabanto counts 40 farmer members. These farmers harvest their coffees independently, but work together to deal with all business matters regarding export. This is our third year working in this supply stream to buy the group’s coffee. Jabanto’s coffees appear in various products on our menu, but the coffees in this selection are our highest scoring and best-tasting lots.
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