Coffee Arabica blossomed in the highlands of Southern Ethiopia, and the country’s farmers still have a completely unique bank of cultivars and landraces available to them compared to the rest of the coffee world. These plants play an important role in the distinct and much-loved flavour profiles Ethiopian coffee has. The farming communities, diverse micro-climates, and dizzying altitudes play equally important roles in creating these unique flavours, and are why Sidama produces some truly exceptional coffee.
Any coffee from a wet mill in Ethiopia will usually combine the harvest of hundreds of farmers in any one day. For Bombe that means bringing together the Shantawene, Bombe, and Keramo communities. Typically, after de-pulping the fruit, the fermentation of coffee in Sidama takes place in water filled tanks. However, this micro-lot has been dry fermented without the use of water which changes not only the speed of fermentation, but the resulting flavour profile too.
The outcome in this coffee is an accentuated florality and rounded, layered, fruitiness to the profile. Heady notes of jasmine lead onto bergamot, white peach and fresh redcurrant flavours. A delicate oolong tea like quality to the mouthfeel allows these flavours to find space to shine and a honeyed sweetness adds balance. A positive and juicy citrus acidity adds harmony as the coffee cools.
We've roasted this coffee light with filter, French press or aeropress brewing in mind and recommend enjoying this coffee without milk. Here the perfumed florality, complexity of the fruit notes, and oolong like mouthfeel are most expressive. It’s a coffee to linger over too, where the balance and honeyed sweetness rise as the coffee cools.