This is a beautifully fruity Sidamo - pineapple notes with a good body and chocolate finish. Top draw natural Ethiopian, great espresso and delicious brewed coffee.
This wonderful Grade 1 Sidamo comes from a number of smallholder farms surrounding the town of Werka at altitudes of around 1500 - 2000 m.a.s.l. This lot is a Natural Process coffee. The Natural process involves the ripe cherries being delivered to the mill where they are sorted and graded then placed onto raised drying beds in thins layers and turned every 2-3 hours. 6-8weeks later, depending on weather and temperature, the beans are de-hulled. This gives the coffee a very fruity & zingy cup.
Sidamo (or Sidama - the latter refers to the Sidama people, the former is what used to be known as Sidamo province) covers a large area in Southern Ethiopia spreading through the fertile highlands south from Lake Awasa in the Rift Valley. It is made up of over 20 different administrative areas, or ‘woredas’, with varying microclimates and altitudes; accordingly, there is a big variety of both grades and cup profiles that end up labeled as Sidamo. In fact, the famous Yirgacheffe region geographically lies within Sidamo, though it is ultimately classified as its own coffee region.
In 2008 Ethiopia began the centralization of all coffee exports through the newly established Ethiopia Commodity Exchange (ECX). This eliminated most roasters’ and importers’ ability to provide accurate information of the precise traceability of coffees. Until December of that same year, growers could also sell direct to export markets, but this was subsequently reigned in. Since that time, the difficulty of determining precise provenance in Ethiopia – a corner stone of specialty coffee – has been a tremendous frustration to buyers in consuming markets.
Today, around 90 percent of coffees move through the ECX and are cupped according to profile then graded and marked generically for export. G1 lots, such as this one, are the highest grade and are in limited supply. When purchased through the ECX, however, the only traceability information given even to these highly sought after lots is the area code of production, such as ‘Sidamo’ or ‘Yirgacheffe’, which are coffee producing regions.
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