— Washed Dara heirloom + JARC 74112
Our partner Bette Buna is more than just an exporter or importer. When Hester is not busy trying to sell, export or import her coffees, she actually works her a** off with her boots in the mud on the fields. Hester and her family live in Ethiopia and you may recognize her name form our popular /008 .
The relationship we’ve built makes for amazing feedback from both parties and brings a fruitful future ahead. Their Sidama washed coffees are of all levels and grades. This specific lot is called Mershiti and it was by far the best on the table this year. We’re incredibly happy with this complex and layered coffee that serves an expressive espresso or complex and floral cup of filter coffee.
Below you can read to beautiful full story about the specific region where this coffee comes from:
Taking the main asphalt road from Addis Ababa to the south, will bring you in city Hawassa, formal capital city of the SNNPR. After a short coffee stop near lake Hawassa, you continue your road south. Just around the first curve you enter the typical landscape of Sidama. Lowlands of 1300 meter above sea level alternate with green highlands with an average of 2.500 meter above sea level. Covered by tropical fruits trees, you can identify the first coffee trees 5 minutes from Hawassa.
In the city Yirgalem you will continue either your road to the more famous Sidamo Bensa coffee zones or follow the road to the green highlands in the direction of Yirgacheffe region. The road curves a bit and after 8 kilometers of gravel road from the main asphalt you will find the coffee community of Taferi Kela.
A woreda typed by its majority of Hadicho people, mixed with refugees that were displaced over hundred years ago to this region. With a local population of 450.000 people with more than 50% under the age of 25, the Taferi Kela coffee community belongs to one of the poorest of the coffee zones in Ethiopia. But it happened to be exactly this Taferi Kela community that is so dedicated to create equal opportunities for their future generations through our partners, Bette Buna, concept.
A kilometer from the small city administration house, you’ll find our partner’s farm- established by grandparents Syoum and Emame. Surrounded by green mountain tops and just two mountains away from the region of Yirgacheffe Bette Buna now grow and process coffee in many ways. Although their farm is located on an altitude between 1850 and 2000 meter above sea level, during the day the sun can get pretty strong. For both the well being of our workers and the right processes for our coffee, they adjust their work shifts.
Over hundred years ago, the Sidamo people were ethnically divided in two different tribes. The big majority belongs still to the Wolebicho group and lives in more developed areas. You can find these groups more to the Bensa side of Sidama. A minority of people belongs to the Hadicho group and still live in highly underdeveloped rural areas, such as our coffee community of Taferi Kela. Both the Hadicho female and male are hard workers, mostly famous because of their outstanding handcrafts in clay, bamboo and local food preparation, such as “Kojo”. Although discriminated in the past, the Hadicho group are socially well developed and are known for its multicultural acceptance of any ethnicity that wants to live in their community.
This cup has a classic profile of Ethiopian Sidama washed coffee with great balance and notes of marzipan, bergamot and rooibos.