This Sidamo comes from the Sidama Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union, and it is a community lot made up of forest coffee and what's called 'garden coffee' from various smallholder producers. It's called 'garden coffee' because many of these producers have a small plot of land, with a handful of coffee trees that resembles a 'garden', as opposed to a larger coffee plantation. Depending on the cooperative, and how they select and create coffee lots, the level of available information varies. In this case, we have limited information.
Oftentimes, Ethiopian coffee varieties are referred to as 'landraces', because the coffee produced in these smallholder gardens and the surrounding coffee forests have been growing naturally for generations, and many trees have not been genetically tested to determine their varieties. This Sidamo is a natural process, and it is a grade 3. Ethiopian coffees are given a grade that describes the quality of the coffee. The higher the grade, the more allowable defects. In this coffee, we tasted a lot of blueberry with some notes of dark chocolate and black tea.
Roast Level: Dark Cupping Profile: Bright acidity diminishing in the darker roast, sweet floral. Certifications: Organic, Fair Trade Region: Sidama Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union Cultivar: Various Processing: Washed Screen Size: 15+