Ethiopia Sidamo



We love the shear complexity of this traditional natural-processed beauty. Lots of lemongrass, slightly floral and a backnote of berries in the finish.  From the small-scale farmers of the Sidama Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union. Certified Organic and Fair Trade.

Net weight 16oz (One Full Pound!)

  • •Dara District, Sidama, Ethiopia
  • •Altitude: 1700 m
  • •Varietal: Ethiopian Heirloom
  • •Process: Fully Natural, Sun Dried On Raised Beds




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•Light Roast

•Floral, Flavors of Lemon Grass and Berry

•Certified Organic

•Certified Fair Trade

•Net Weight 16oz (One Full Pound!)


Tasting and Roaster Notes

“Natural processed coffees can also be called “sun-dried” or “dried in the fruit.” I find “dried in the fruit” to be the most descriptive. The coffee cherries are picked and then laid out in the sun on a patio or in a raised bed to dry. They get raked or turned for even drying. Only after they are dry in the fruit are they depulped. It’s easy to imagine, now, why the coffee tastes so fruity and wild. Even the green, unroasted coffee has a fruity, yeasty smell to it.
This year’s lot from Sidamo is wonderfully clean and sweet, full of wildberry and vanilla flavors.
We start the roast at full heat and continue roasting strong as the sugars caramelize. It’s importatnt to know when to back off the heat before first crack, though. This coffee rides the wave right into first crack and finishes about a minute and a half later.
We’re glad to have a Single Origin Natural Process coffee back on the menu! The roasted coffee will have a dry appearance. Leaving all of the oils intact in the cell structure, waiting for you to grind and add water to unleash their full potential.”
-Thomas Lussier, Head Roaster

Meet The Farmers

The Sidama Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (SCFCU) was founded in 2001 to represent coffee producing cooperatives located throughout the Sidama zone of southern Ethiopia. As a result of the region’s excellent soil, ideal climate, and high elevation (1,750-2,100m), they have become an origin recognized for their world-class specialty coffee production. Today, SCFCU represents 46 cooperatives and over 80,000 farmers (smallholders), making them the second largest coffee producing cooperative union in Ethiopia. Currently, 39 cooperatives are Fair Trade Certified and 35 are Certified Organic.

SCFCU supports farmers by developing producer/buyer linkages, directly exporting members’ coffee to the international market, facilitating access to finance for the harvest, and through capacity building, training, and education programs. They have successfully increased farmers’ share of the price received for the coffee, all the while contributing to improvements in quality for Ethiopian coffee as well as the socioeconomic well-being of farming communities.

According to their General Manager, “the benefits of Fair Trade and other certifications cannot be overstated. With price premiums, farming communities are able to feed themselves and invest in new infrastructure such as roads, grain mills, schools, access to electricity, bridges, and other much-needed facilities.”

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