Ethiopia Sidamo Natural 2012


Bean name Ethiopia Sidamo Natural 2012
Country Ethiopia
Region Borena and/or Benssa
Other info Source: Ethiopia Commodity Exchange (ECX)


Recent developments in Ethiopia have seen a centralisation of all coffee exports through the recently established Ethiopia Commodity Exchange (ECX). It is now virtually impossible to provide accurate information of the precise traceability of coffees as lots are anonymised upon arrival at the Exchange. This makes it harder, but also easier. It means the cupping for quality is what counts, not names or any baggage.

Many thousands of bags marked ‘Sidamo’ are sold every year but there may be significant differences between them in in terms of cup quality. Selecting by cupping cuts the wheat from the chaff, and this one on the cupping table jumped off at us.

This coffee is hand picked, fully washed and is grown at around 1800-2000 metres altitude (on average). With some detective work we found out this coffee is from either Borena and/or Benssa region. It's a Grade 3 which is the normal grading for the best of the Sidamo Naturals.

Roasting Information:
Take into second crack, hear those pops for around 10-20 seconds then drop.

"Quick Look" Guide:
Very clean, chocolate, smooth, long aftertaste.

Good Filter: Yes, Good Espresso: Yes

Cupping notes

Clean cup 6/8
Sweetness 6/8
Acidity 6/8
Mouthfeel 6/8
Flavour 7/8
Aftertaste 7/8
Balance 6/8
Overall 7/8
Correction +36
Total 87

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