The sweet, fruity profile of the Ethiopia Washed is a classic representation of one of Ethiopia’s most recognised coffee producing areas.
Our Core Coffees reflect the work of whole communities, and the Ethiopia Sidamo Washed is produced by the smallholder farmers who characterise the coffee production landscape of Ethiopia. Sidamo encompasses many terroirs, but farming across the region is traditionally low input and the attributes of the plants and the land are captured in every harvest.
In the southern region of Ethiopia, farmers pick coffee selectively, harvesting only ripe cherries individually by hand. Pickers rotate among the trees every eight to ten days, choosing only the cherries which are at peak ripeness. Coffee is depulped and washed by hand in cement canals at community washing stations. After fermenting in water to loosen the mucilage, wooden paddles are used to fully wash the coffee. It is placed on raised beds to dry in the sun.