With lemon and floral notes, similar to most Ethiopian coffees, the Sidamo stands out with its strength and boldness, providing a luxurious coffee experience. With a wonderful aromatic finish and hints of blueberry, it is sure to entice you out of bed every morning.
History of Ethiopia
A country rich in fascinating culture and history, with archaeological finds dating back an astonishing 3 million years. Located in the horn of Africa, it is home to 102.4 million people.
Placed between the Equator and the Tropic of Cancer, this country has three different climate zones, with an average temperature of 27°C.
Here are some interesting facts about Ethiopia:
- Its area covers 1.13 million sq km
- The four major languages are Amharic, Oromo, Tigrinya and Somali
- The currency of the country is the Ethiopian birr
The Story of the Discovery of Coffee in Ethiopia
The coffee plant was discovered in Ethiopia in the 11th century. It has a white blossom that smells like jasmine and a red cherry-like fruit which is the bean.
According to legend, the goat herder Kaldi stumbled across the plant when he noticed that his goats were full of energy and wouldn’t sleep at night after they ate some of the berries. He then shared his findings with the local monastery who made a drink with the berries and also experienced this high energy and alertness. The knowledge of the coffee plant soon began to spread.
Some believe this story to be true, although it is not fact.
What does Ethiopian Coffee Taste Like?
Most Ethiopian beans have the well-known wine and fruit acidity characteristics that African coffees generally have. However, they do have lots of variations of this due to the region and method of production.
Most are described to be:
- Full bodied, although lighter than Indonesia beans with less acidity
- A pleasant lingering finish with floral subtleties
- Rich and smooth
Our coffee is medium bodied with a bright acidity and delicious notes of citrus, wine and blueberry.
Coffee Production in Ethiopia
Ethiopia is the world’s 5th largest producer of coffee, and Africa’s top producer, according to The Coffee Wiki. It is predicted to maintain a steady production of 6.545 million 60-kg bags of beans throughout 2018.
The government has also made plans to improve the marketing and trading systems to encourage additional production.
Situated in the southern part of Ethiopia, Sidamo is a very mountainous region with ample rainfall, good temperature and rich soils. This provides beans of a Grade 1 standard and has the ideal balance of acidity and body. Due to its stature in the coffee industry, Sidamo is often used in European blends but is great as an Aeropress coffee where its true colours show.
Adams and Russell Medium Roast Coffee Beans
These beans are medium roasted in small batches and are always available fresh from Adams and Russell.
Medium roasts are a medium brown colour and are nicely balanced in flavour, aroma, and acidity.
When roasting the beans can reach temperatures between 210°C and 220°C, which gives this rich, bold delicious flavour.