Ethiopia Nensebo G1 Organic Washed - Riripa

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Bag Weight 60 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2022/23
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Lot Number P610556-1
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About This Coffee

This coffee is sourced from smallholders in Riripa village in West Arsi, Sidamo. Farmers cultivate coffee at 1,900 to 2,200 meters above sea level. They deliver their coffee to a local washing station owned and operated by SNAP Trading.

Many would say that the strength of Sidamo coffees lie in the regions’ diversity of profiles. The many microclimates and varying soil types lead to striking differences from town to town. But across all Sidamo coffees is a profound complexity that many attribute to the diversity of local landrace varieties. Varieties can differ from town to town and even farm to farm where each farmer may have more than one unique varieties seldom or never found outside their plot. When all these different varieties are blended at the local cooperative, the resulting blend expresses the complexity of the plant genetics in the area.

Country of Origin Ethiopia
Region West Arsi, Sidamo
Producer Type Washing Station
Farm Name Various smallholders
Wet Mill SNAP Washing Station
Processing Washed
Processing Description Fermented 36-48hrs, dried on raised beds
Growing Altitude 1900m - 2200m
Harvest Season 2022/23
Bag Weight 60 KG BAG
Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
Plant Species Arabica
Variety Ethiopia Heirloom Varieties
Certifications Organic certified

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 West Arsi, Sidamo
  • Farm Name Various smallholders
  • Producer Type Washing Station
  • Wet Mill SNAP Washing Station
  • Processing Washed
  • Processing Description Fermented 36-48hrs, dried on raised beds
  • Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
  • Certifications Organic certified
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Variety Ethiopia Heirloom Varieties
  • Coffee Grade ETH CA WA YIRG G1
  • Min Growing Altitude 1900m
  • Max Growing Altitude 2200m
  • Country of Origin Ethiopia
  • Warehouse Continental NJ
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  • CTRM Contract Number P610556-1

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