This year we wanted to get you something special for Christmas. We’re excited, because we got our hands on some beautiful Sidamo coffee beans from Ethiopia, where coffee was first discovered by a 9th-century Ethiopian goat herder.
The beans came in on Tuesday and we roasted our first five-kilo batch on Wednesday in our Granville Street Roasting House Thursday we had our first coffee cupping. We fell in love. It has medium body with some subtle brightness and chocolaty tones. It’s got great balance and nice length. Our Ethiopian Sidamo beans create a cup that is hard to put down.
What does single origin coffee mean?
Coffee is like wine, origin matters. These beans are from Sidamo in Southwest Ethiopia. Of the Arabica varietal.
How did we roast the Ethiopian Sidamo coffee beans?
This batch was roasted medium dark to make sure we don’t cover up some of the beautiful fruity notes or the chocolaty notes. The beauty of small batch roasting is that we can make a slightly different roast in our next batch a few days later. Variety is the spice of live. Roasting is an art.
Why are we highlighting Ethiopia Sidamo beans for the holidays?
Christmas is a time of giving and Ethiopia sure needs some help. It is one of the poorest countries in the world. When we buy fair trade organic coffee from Ethiopia, we support local growers and their families.
Where is Sidamo?
Sidamo was a province in the southern part of Ethiopia. It was named after an ethnic group native to Ethiopia, called Sidama, who are located in the south-central part of that country. Their major political state was the ancient Kingdom of Kaffa.
How can I try some of the Sidamo coffee?
We’re selling the beans in our Granville, Richmond, Gastown and Yaletown stores. (This is a premium bean so it is a bit more expensive). One little secret. Load the Clip Mobile App on your phone and enjoy a great coupon deal. Our gift to you.
You may also see the Sidamo as one of the two coffees of the day. Keep and eye on it and give it a try.