Ethiopia Della - Filter Roast


Black Tea

We haven't featured a coffee from Ethiopia in 3 years, but this one is worth the wait.

COUNTRY - Ethiopia
REGION - Bensa, Sidama
ALTITUDE - 1900-2200 M.A.S.L
VARIETAL - JARC 74112, 74158

Bensa is situated in the Sidamo region, aproximately 450km from the capital of Ethiopia; Addis Ababa.
This particular lot is made up of microlots from the surrounding coffee farmers in the region.

The ripe coffee cherries are hand picked and allowed to dry completely around the seed before being husked or hulled off. While historically this hulling was done by hand with a kind of mortar-and-pestle setup, today it’s done by machinery that can be finely calibrated.
While the coffee is drying the sugars are continually fermenting inside the cherry while there is enough moisture to feed the microorganisms. This can take up to 30 days on average.
Due to the long fermentations, natural processed coffees often display fruity or “pulpy” flavours, often described as “boozy” or “winey”; can also have strong nutty and/or chocolate characteristics, and typically has a heavier or syrupy body

JARC 74112, JARC 74158
JARC (Jimma Agricultural Research Center) Selections are a group of coffee varieties that were developed by the Jimma Agricultural Research Center in Ethiopia in the 1960s and 1970s. These varieties were created through selective breeding, with the goal of improving coffee yields and disease resistance 1. The other type of coffee varieties are regional landraces, which grow in the wild.
The term “heirloom” is often used to describe Ethiopian coffees, but it is not a very useful term as it does not recognize the different varieties of coffee, in fact, the term “heirloom” was used as a catch-all name to describe coffees from Ethiopia by specialty coffee buyers who didn’t know what varieties of Typica and Bourbon they were buying