Ethiopia - Gorbota - Desta Gola - Double Washed

Audio Pairing - Ethiopia Gorbota Desta Gola

We taste: a lively and complex pop of citrus anchors the cup and is complemented by vibrant notes of peaches, apricots and tropical fruit and an elegant plumeria and jasmine aromas

Producer: Desta Gola

Region: Gorbota, Gedeo Zone, Ethiopia

Elevation: 2,175 meters above sea level (average)

Process: Double Washed - Fully washed after pulping and fermenting, then soaked overnight and dried in the sun on raised beds

Varietal: Indigenous heirloom varieties

Coffee Story*

The creation of the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX) in 2008 significantly limited full traceability back to specific farmers. In response, Royal established the Single Farmer Lots Program to separate single farmer lots from the larger cooperative blends sold through the ECX. Annual farm visits from Royal CEO Max Nicholas-Fulmer and regular communication with farmers through Haile Andualem, Royal’s representative on the ground in Ethiopia, has been an essential component for ensuring that farmers and washing stations are following strict farm management and post-harvest protocols. The results have been increasing cup quality and higher returns for the individual producers that Royal has come to count on for great coffee year after year. Returning to Royal with another amazing harvest, Desta Gola cultivated this single farmer lot on his 10-acre farm near the town of Gorbota located in the heart of the coveted Gedeo grow Zone. 

Desta has been cultivating coffee since 2013 and with the help of the single lot program he has been able to sell his coffee as a micro-lot in recent years. Coffee is Desta’s main source of income to support his wife and their nine children (6 girls and 3 boys). Ripe cherries for this washed processed coffee were taken to the Adame Garbota Cooperative where Desta is a member. At the cooperative the cherries are carefully hand sorted and floated to remove less dense coffee beans, then depulped, fermented for 48 hours, and washed and classified again in channels. The parchment is placed on raised beds where it is hand sorted again and dried over a period of 12 to 15 days. The parchment is often covered during the afternoons to prevent harsh drying in the intense sun. When the coffee reaches 11 percent moisture content, it is transported to Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, to be milled and prepared for export. 

*written by Mayra Orellana-Powell - Royal Coffee

Brew Guide

Hario Switch

This recipe highlights the delicate floral, stone fruit and citrus zest notes we find so pleasing in this coffee.


Coffee: 20 grams

Grind size: 3 on the Fellow Ode (medium-fine)

Water: 300 grams at 200˚F

Coffee to Water Ratio: 1:15

Brew Time: 2:30


1. Rinse filter

2. Add ground coffee

3. Start timer and saturate grounds with 60g water.  Stir.

4. Let bloom 30 seconds.

5. Over the next 1.5 minutes, slowly but constantly add water unitl you reach 300 grams. Pour in concentric circles from the middle of the brew bed to the edges making sure to evenly and fully saturate all of the grounds. 

6. After all water is poured, give the brewer a little swirl.

7. Flip switch and to allow coffee to draw down. All coffee should draw down by 2.5 minutes.

7.  Serve and enjoy!

Brew Guide


This Aeropress recipe allows for a more concentrated and vibrant expression of Desta Gola's coffee. Look for the same citrus, floral and stone fruit notes just turned up a couple notches.


Coffee: 20 grams

Grind size: 3 on the Fellow Ode (medium-fine)

Water: 200 grams at 200˚F

Coffee to Water Ratio: 1:10

Brew Time: 1:30