Ethiopia – Sagera Lot 1
Our Ethiopia – Sagera Lot 1 is a micro-lot coffee purchased from the Segera washing station. The station is located in the Segera kebele within the Bensa woreda of the Sidama zone, southern Ethiopia. The washing station sits at 1980 metres above sea level and the coffee cherries are purchased from smallholder farmers nearby. These farmers typically have between 0.5 and 3 hectares of land which is managed organically and the coffee is often grown beneath the shade of the native forest. There is a mix of varieties in the area, some of which are local landrace selections, but more commonly it is the 74158 variety, which is a selection from the Jimma research centre. This variety was selected from wild plants in the Metu-Bishari forest in the Illuababora zone in Western Ethiopia.
The coffee delivered to the Segera washing station is pulped, fermented under water and then washed before being placed on raised beds to dry for around two weeks. The team are very selective about cherry quality ensuring only the ripest are bought and make sure the coffee is dried slowly with a skin drying phase to start the process.