Ethiopia Sidama Della Natural Grade 1
Filter | Espresso
Blueberry jam | Peaches & cream lollie | Black tea Aftertaste
Medium body | Juicy | Supple & soft mouthfeel
Region: Sidama Bensa
Altitude: 1900 m.a.s.l.
Varieties: JARC 74112 & 74158
Processed: Natural on African bed
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About This Coffee
Sidamo is like the welcoming door to Ethiopia's amazing world of coffee. It used to cover more ground before things got reshuffled, including what we now call Guji and Yirgacheffe regions. It's kind of the source of all those fantastic coffees we just can't forget. In 2020, it officially became Sidama, named after the tribe that calls it home.
There's this road from Addis Ababa to Nairobi that's a big deal for trading coffee and other stuff. Along this road, you'll spot big coffee spots like Yirgacheffe and Chelelektu. Heading north from Yirgacheffe, you hit Sidama, spread on both sides of this road. Bensa, way out east, has been getting lots of love for its coffee quality since the 2010s. In Bensa, we're all about the Shanteweni washing station and the highlands of Kokose, giving off those classic blueberry and flower vibes in our roast. 'Della' is a special batch grown and handled separately at Elto Coffee's farm, hanging out at elevations between 1,900 to 2,000m.
Sidama has that typical rich volcanic soil, and they stick to the old-school way of growing things, none of that heavy modern chemical stuff. So yeah, it's pretty much organic coffee. They let the coffee dry naturally on African raised beds, stirring and flipping the cherries often to make sure they dry evenly. After about two weeks, they check the moisture and dry it till it's good to ship.
Back in the '70s, a coffee disease messed up a bunch of Ethiopia's coffee. But in 1974, the Jimma Agricultural Research Centre (JARC) saved the day by making disease-resistant types from the classic ones. Those new varieties got numbers starting with '74', like the ones in 'Della'—74112 and 74158.
Sidama's got this great body and berry taste. People usually prefer the washed Sidama to really bring out that fruity flavor. But our coffee goes through the natural process, drying the cherries in the sun for a couple of weeks. That way, we get to show off that awesome body with the fruity vibe in the background.
In Out Extract Espresso 18g - 19g 32g - 36g 24 - 28 sec Filter 18g - 20g 300g - 340g 2:30 - 2:45 min