Aside from its near-legendary status as the “birthplace” of Arabica coffee, there is much to love about Ethiopia as a producing nation, including but not limited to the incredible diversity of flavour and character that exists among microregions, specifically within the region of Sidama, developing nuanced floral characteristics, articulate sweetness and sparkling acidity.
One of the other things that make Ethiopia distinct as a growing country is the complexity involved in the coffee market there, and the myriad systems and customs that ensure there’s never a dull moment in sourcing the best lots, whether they are from individual farms, co-operatives or grower groups, or from the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX), a market institution founded in 2008 in attempt to protect small farmers from various risks and market forces that threaten the profitability of their harvest.
Farm: Smallholders in the region of Sidama
Altitude: 1800 – 2100 MASL
Preparation: Fully Washed
Variety: Various heirloom Ethiopian Varieties