Administratively, Gedeb is in Gedeo Zone, but when it comes to coffee, climate and soil don’t always cooperate with political borders. This coffee is often called “Yirgacheffe” because, profile-wise, coffees grown in this area are siblings to those grown in Yirgacheffe.
The majority of coffees grown in Gedeb are local landrace varieties (which are often also called Ethiopian heirloom). Other varieties grown in the region were developed by the Jimma Agricultural Research Centre (JARC). JARC is an important research center for Ethiopia and has done a great deal of work on developing disease-resistant and high-yielding varieties that still demonstrate quality in the cup.