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Ethiopia Sidamo G1 Washed - Refisa

Mulberry, blood orange, red plum, caramel
$5.59 / lb $739.42 / bag
Bag Weight 60 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2021/22
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Lot Number P609367-2
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    About This Coffee

    This is an organic, grade 1 washed lot from Refisa washing station, Nensebo woreda district, in the Sidamo coffee region of Ethiopia’s central highlands. This lot is comprised of coffee from over 600 smallholder farmers who are local to the Refisa washing station, farming near the Harenna forest on Mount Batu. Farmers typically have a small area of land and cultivate heirloom varieties with the local names Wolisho and Kurume at altitudes above 1800 meters. Cherries are fermented for up to 48 hours and dried on raised beds for up to two weeks, depending on weather.

    Country of Origin Ethiopia
    Harvest Season 2021/22
    Coffee Grade ETH CA NAT SID G1
    Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
    Processing Washed
    Variety Ethiopia Heirloom Varieties
    Region Nansebo Woreda, West Arsi
    Farm Name Various smallholders
    Wet Mill Refisa Washing Station
    Growing Altitude >2000m

    History of Coffee in Ethiopia 

    Coffee is ancient in Ethiopia, but coffee farming is not. By the end of the 9th Century coffee was actively being cultivated in Ethiopia as food, but probably not as a beverage. It was the Arab world that developed brewing. Even as coffee became an export for Ethiopia in the late 1800’s, Ethiopian coffee was the result of gathering rather than agricultural practices. A hundred years ago, plantations, mostly in Harar, were still the exception, while “Kaffa” coffee from the southwest was still harvested wild. In 1935, William Ukers wrote: “Wild coffee is also known as Kaffa coffee, from one of the districts where it grows most abundantly in a state of nature. The trees grow in such profusion that the possible supply, at a minimum of labor in gathering, is practically unlimited. It is said that in south-western Abyssinia there are immense forests of it that have never been encroached upon except at the outskirts.” 

    Growing Coffee in Ethiopia

    As the birthplace of coffee, Ethiopia is home to more species of coffee plants than any place on earth, much of it still growing wild, and much of it still undiscovered. All Ethiopian coffee is Arabica and at least 150 varieties are commercially cultivated. Traditionally, these have simply been labelled as “heirloom varietals”; however, this is changing as the Jimma Agricultural Research Center works to identify species. Although there are a few estates in Ethiopia, 95% of coffee is grown by small land holders in a wide variety of environments, including “coffee forests” where coffee grows wild and is harvested by the local people. All specialty grade Ethiopian Coffee is grown above 4,000 feet and most above 6,000. In the highlands of Sidamo and Yirgacheffe, coffee can grow above 7,000 feet.

    • Status Spot
    • Region Nansebo Woreda, West Arsi
    • Farm Name Various smallholders
    • Wet Mill Refisa Washing Station
    • Processing Washed
    • Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
    • Variety Ethiopia Heirloom Varieties
    • Coffee Grade ETH CA NAT SID G1
    • Growing Altitude >2000m
    • Country of Origin Ethiopia
    • On Sale No
    • Top Lot Yes
    • CTRM Contract Number P609367-2