ABOUT THIS COFFEE
The Uraga Woreda is near to where several other really nice Ethiopia coffees from this year originate: Shakisso. While it is called a Sidama coffee, it is technically part of the very large Oromia kilil (ethnic region) of Ethiopia. This lot comes from a private coffee collection site and processing facility in Uraga and farms are planted as high as 2200 meters in this region. Several hundred farmers in this area sell coffee to this station and the local competition for coffee means prices to the farmer are on the higher end of the scale. Sidamas are generally less expensive than the coffees from neighboring Yirga Cheffe, but our supplier paid the same price for this lot as their Grade 1 Yirgs (actually a bit more).
They use a traditional disc pulper to remove the coffee cherry fruit skins, and 72 hour under-water, and fermentation to break down the mucilage layer of the fruit. The coffee is vigorously agitated in the fermentation tank with wooden paddles to work the mucilage off, then washed to a soaking tank for a clean water overnight bath. Finally the coffee is taken to the raised beds for drying where it is picked over by hand to remove physical defects and turned regularly to facilitate even drying. It’s the classic coffee processing method in Sidama and Yirga Cheffe zones, and one that develops very sweet and clean coffees.
Region: Uraga Woreda, Guji Zone
Altitude: 1600 – 2200 MASL
Regional small landholders
Wet Process (Washed) and sun-dried on raised beds
FLAVOR Grape, meyer lemon, jasmine
Light – City