Ethiopia Werka Sidamo اثيوبيا وركا سيدامو
Rose, floral, honey & caramel.
Good for espresso & brewing
Farm: Various Small Farms
Processing: Fully washed
Altitude: 1500 to 2000 metres above sea level
Owner: Mekuria Mergga
Town / City: Bensa
الإيحاءات: ورد, زهور, عسل, كاراميل
مناسبة للاسبريسو و التقطير
المزرعة: مزارع صغيرة متعددة
السلالة: هرلوم (أرابيكا) و غيرها
الارتفاع: ١,٥٠٠ - ٢,٠٠٠ متر فوق سطح البحر
المزارع: ميكوريا ميرجا
The Story Behind This Coffee
This exceptional lot was processed, dry milled and exported by our good friends at Testi Coffee, a family-run business owned and managed by the Yonis family, who are making a name for themselves on the Ethiopian Specialty Coffee scene. The first person in the Yonis family to get seriously involved with coffee was Faysel A. Yonis. Faysel began working with coffee in the late 1990s.
Faysel established Testi Coffee in 2009 as a coffee exporting company, set about surrounding himself with exceptional coffee professionals, and hired his nephew, Adham, raised and educated in the USA, to help with outreach and marketing. Today, Testi owns and/or operates four washing stations in Guji, Yirgacheffe, Sidamo and in Limu–all premier coffee producing regions. This lot was processed using the natural method at Gora Kone washing station in Sidamo, which they operate on behalf of a partner. The cherry is delivered to various collection points and is then taken to the washing station, where it is delivered to dry for between 15 and 18 days, during which time it is stringently raked and sorted so as to preserve quality.
They work with small holder farmers, with the aim of securing the very best prices for their coffee so that they can pay fair prices for the cherry delivered. They have also recently established a 250 hectare farm in the Bench Maji Zone, where they plan to experiment with organic practices. They are currently also building a warehouse in Shakiso where they can process natural coffees locally, in the region where the coffee is grown. This keeps more revenue in the communities where the coffees are produced. Testi’s objective is quality and building long term business relationships. Their washing stations are very well run and they do diligent work through sorting and screening to get clean and quality beans for export. Testi always adheres to the very highest quality standards to prepare and deliver nothing but high quality beans.
The name ‘Testi’ means Happy or Happiness in Harrari language (it is also the name of Faysel’s middle son). Certainly Testi is bringing happiness to small scale producers and roasters alike!