Ethiopia - Sagera Lot 1 (Washed) - Filter
This coffee is one of our final Ethiopian lots from the 2019 harvest. We try to offer one washed and one natural lot at any one time, and this lot replaces the last washed coffee we offered called Duromina, which was a pretty special lot to follow.
The washed lots tend to have a cleaner and more refined profile. Some people refer to them as 'type 1', which have notes of tea, bergamot, elderflower, rose and other delicate flavours. *It's common for type 1 to be washed process. While 'type 2' Ethiopian's tend to be more fruity, with notes of peach, mango and other more tropical flavours. *It's common for type 2 to be natural process.
Sagera is a bit of a middle ground between the two styles. It has a fairly delicate body with a very tea like structure, but at the same time, has a peachy sweetness. This is not uncommon, with many Ethiopian coffees crossing the lines between the two styles.
Why this Coffee?
We chose this coffee as we wanted to continue offering a type 1 that offered those beautiful delicate notes that are only found in certain Ethiopian coffees. Some coffee drinkers love the delicate / refined nature of type 1's that can really shine as a filter coffee.
By January 2020, we are reaching the very end of 2019 lots, but still being a little way of the 2020 fresh crops. That said, we couldn't resist bringing in one more for you, as it's a killer coffee that stood out a mile during selection.
Sagera has a well balanced profile, with sweet notes of peaches and bergamot, and a delicate body, tasting lightly of iced tea throughout.
About the Region / Farms / Producer:
This coffee is named after the washing station which is used for processing. This is a common occurrence, as so many small holders contribute towards a final coffee 'lot' that it is hard for it to be named or categorised in any other way.
Located in the Sagera Kebele, the station is owned by the Daye Bensa Coffee Export Company, who own farms and washing stations around Southern Ethiopia.
The coffee is purchased from small farmers with between 0.5 and 3 hectares of land, which is managed organically with compost and is often grown within 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. 74160 is widely distributed varieties across Ethiopia and was selected for its resistance to CBD and high yield.
The coffee delivered to the Sagera washing station is pulped, fermented under water and then washed before being placed on raised beds to dry for around two weeks. At this site 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.
Bergamot, Iced Tea, Peaches, with a descriptor of Sweet.