Sel Sidamo, Yrgalem
Species: Coffea arabica
Collaborating since: 2004
In Ethiopia, motherland to the Coffea Arabica, in the Sidamo (or Sidama) region, in the South of the country, two very famous coffees are produced: Sidamo in the northern part, around the city of Yrgalem, and Yrgacheffe in the southern part, around the city of Yrgacheffe.
These two coffees are referred to as “garden coffees”, because all the producers are very small and their entire, limited production can be grown in a garden!
The Bagersh family, native of Yemen, has been dealing with coffee for three generations. Abdullah Bagersh is an excellent taster and very fond of his job. After communism and the imperialist period, during which all the Ethiopian coffees were listed in the New York stock exchange, as Djimmah grade 5, regardless their quality and area of origin, Abdullah decided to boost his family business, counting on quality coffee.
Since we first met in 2004, we have established a great relationship of mutual respect. In that occasion, while tasting coffee together with Abdullah, we thought of creating a special selection of Sidamo coffees, made specially for us.
Once the small farmers have harvested their coffee, they deliver it to the “washing stations”, where the beans are wet processed. The coffee is then sent, still wrapped in parchment, to daily auctions organised by the government, where exporters must select and buy the quantities they need. Soon after that, the coffee bought by Abdullah is further selected in order to obtain our special selection.
washed, in fermentation tanks
sun dried, on suspended beds
1600 - 1900 m asl
grade 2 specially selected for us (selection CMI)