Ethiopia Sedaqa Olonso - Bona Zuria Washed

  • Country: Ethiopia

    Region: Sedaqa Village, Olonso Qeka, Bona Zuria, Sidama

    Washing Station: Adorsi

    Farmer/Grower: 1000 smallholder farmers

    Varieties: Zipa (local landrace)

    Processing: Washed

    Altitude: 2350 m.a.s.l.

    Humidity: 9.9%

    Density: 1.16 g/ml

    Harvest Date: January, 2021

    Arrival Date: July, 2021

    Grade: 1

    Marks: 010/0938/0014

    SCA Cupping Score: 86.75

  • Fragrance of white grape, white sugar on aroma, white tea, oolong tea, match (VERY tea-like), thin body, mellow crisp acidity.
  • This coffee is born to be a light roast. Notes of various delicate teas abound as we cup this coffee. The profile is very delicate and sweet with no vegetal aftertaste.

About the coffee:

“All sites have a claim to beauty, since they are in the countryside of Ethiopia. But the Sedaqa Olonso site stands out for its simple breathtaking beauty that unfurls, step by step, as you walk down its steep slope. A long, slanting driveway leads to the collection area where cherries from nearby smallholders are taken, weighed, and recorded. Then they are dumped into the large sun-dappled cement hopper and fed through the 3-disk Agard pulper into one of 9 fermentation tanks.

Once the parchment-covered beans have been fermented for 24-72 hours to remove the sticky mucilage, they are released into long, wide cement channels. Wooden rakes scrub the coffee, and then it is carried to the drying beds to be lovingly hand-turned, covered against the wind and rain, and eventually brought to the warehouse once its moisture content has reached the ideal window of 10-12%. The site slopes aggressively toward the river, making it perfect to catch the cool uphill breeze and the benevolent sun. To facilitate drying, a high-quality neon green mesh covers the bamboo tables.


400+ smallholder producers from the surrounding communities (kebeles) of Olonso Qeka, Olonso Hore, Bahire Dalo and Sedaqa bring their ripe cherries to the Sedaqa Olonso washing station. As is true in most parts of Ethiopian, their farms are small, ranging from backyard “garden” coffee to an average of 2.75 hectares. Coffee is a cash crop, and though often a grower may produce only 2 or 3 bags per year, sale of their cherries enables them to improve their quality of life, send their children to school and purchase necessities. Having a washing station within the area means that they do not have to trek so far with their cherries, which besides being much more convenient and efficient, enables the cherries to reach the station while still at their peak of freshness.

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