END OF YEAR SHUT DOWN: Last orders will go out on Wednesday 23rd December in the morning so please ensure you have your orders in and paid by close of business Tuesday 22nd December. We will be back on board on Monday 11th January.
Enjoy the break if you are getting one! From the Green Bean House team.
|Altitude:||1,800+ metres above sea level|
|Region:||Bensa, Chire and Aroresa districts|
This Sidamo Gr 2 washed supplied by Kerchanse Trading (KT). KT own several wash stations in the Sidamo region. This lot is not traceable to single wash station. It represents an amalgamation of lots that are turned out by wash stations in Sidama province that are cupped, graded, and blended to represent the Sidama profile.
Sidama is in the south of Ethiopia and encompasses several other zones (locally known as woredas). It used to be part of the Southern Nations, Nationalities and People (SNNP) Regional State, but after a referendum, split and became a regional state in its own right.
It is home to a population of around 7.8 million people, who speak the Cushitic language Sidaama or Sidaamu Afoo. Like many other ethnic groups across Ethiopia, the Sidama people have their own traditions, culture, and even their own UNESCO-recognised New Year, called Fichee-Chambalaalla.
So, what makes Sidama so famous for its coffee? The region spreads across fertile highlands south of Lake Awasa in the Rift Valley. Elevation ranges from 1,500–2,200 m.a.s.l., meaning that coffees ripen slowly in cool temperatures, developing sweeter and more acidic flavours. The soil is fertile, and with 1,200–2,000 mm of annual rainfall, the conditions are ideal for growing coffee.
These high elevations also mean that the coffee tends to ripen slower, with a later harvest season than the rest of Ethiopia. This allows the cherries to develop those complex flavours and aromas characteristic of Sidama coffee.