Ethiopia Sidamo FTO G2 Washed

Coconut macaroon, caramel, berry, heavy body
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Bag Weight 60 KG BAG
Harvest Season 2022/23
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Lot Number P611033-2
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About This Coffee

This is a Fair Trade and Organic-certified, Grade 2 washed coffee from the Sidamo region of Ethiopia, produced by the Homacho Waeno Cooperative, a member of the Sidamo Coffee Farmers’ Cooperative Union.

Unlike other countries, in Ethiopia coffees are graded solely based on cup quality and number of defects, not size. Grade 1 and Grade 2 are considered "Specialty" at origin. Grade 2 washed coffees usually offer similar flavor characteristics to their G1 counterparts at a slightly more approachable price.

Country of Origin Ethiopia
Region Aleta Wondo, Sidamo
Producer Type Washing Station
Co-Op Homacho Waeno Cooperative
Processing Washed
Processing Description Dried on raised beds
Growing Altitude 1900m - 2100m
Harvest Season 2022/23
Bag Weight 60 KG BAG
Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
Plant Species Arabica
Variety Ethiopia Heirloom Varieties
Screen Size 14 Up
Certifications FLO Fairtrade Certified, 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.

  • Region Aleta Wondo, Sidamo
  • Producer Type Washing Station
  • Processing Washed
  • Processing Description Dried on raised beds
  • Bag Type Grain Pro / Ecotact
  • Plant Species Arabica
  • Variety Ethiopia Heirloom Varieties
  • Min Growing Altitude 1900m
  • Max Growing Altitude 2100m
  • Screen Size 14 Up
  • Co-Op Homacho Waeno Cooperative
  • On Sale Yes
  • On Sale Text pallet discount
  • Top Lot No
  • Status Spot
  • Certifications FLO Fairtrade Certified, Organic certified
  • Coffee Grade ETH CA WA SID G2
  • CTRM Contract Number P611033-2
  • Country of Origin Ethiopia
  • Warehouse Continental NJ

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