Ethiopia Dry Process Shantawene
A heavy-handed dry process cup, full of fruit flavors like strawberry jam, sweetened cranberry juice, green honeydew melon, stone fruit accents, with vibrant acidity in light roasts that are like fresh strawberry.
Variety: Heirloom Cultivars
Altitude: 2000-2100 masl
Processing: Dry Process (Natural)
Certification: Farm Gate, Organic
This coffee comes from a privately owned farm and processing site near Shantawene village tucked away in the Bombe mountains of Ethiopia's Sidama growing region. Along with coffee from their own farm called "Daye Bensa", they are buying and processing coffee from local farmers from three different growing areas nearby - Shantawene, Bombe, and Keramo villages. The samples we tasted from all three scored high and we wound up buying wet and dry process lots from all of them (the others should be available in early 2020). This lot is a mix of coffees harvested from their own farm and out-growers around Shantawene village. It's certified organic too, which means that they go to great lengths to register every small farmer who they buy from and certify that organic agricultural practices are being employed at the farm level (they're also Rain Forest Alliance and UTZ certified, but we only brought in with the organic certificate). The farm and out-growers are growing Ethiopian heirlooms and altitude ranges from just under 2000 meters to 2100 meters above sea level. It's worth noting that the screen size is on the small side too. The majority of the coffee is 15+, but we are spotting quite a few 14 screen beans in there too.
Description from La Bodega.