Wata Dara, Ethiopia


This fresh offering of coffee from the Sidama region of Ethiopia comes from the Wata Dara cooperative washing station. Wata Dara is one of several washing stations that comprise the Sidama Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union (SCFCU), an umbrella organization that exports the coffees of member washing stations and helps them maintain their certification standing with programs like Organic and Fair Trade.

The Wata Dara Cooperative has over 2500 members, one of of the largest groups in all of the SCFCU. On average, each producer cultivates less than three acres of coffee, along with other sustenance crops. 

Once the coffee harvest comes in, individuals will deliver ripe coffee cherry to the washing station to be processed from fruit to parchment covered seed through a washing process that can take several days to complete.

Once cleaned of fruit material, the washed, parchment covered seeds are moved to raised drying beds. During the daylight hours over the course of a couple of weeks, the coffee will be turned constantly by hand until it reaches a stable moisture.  

This is one of the first offerings we've seen from the Sidama Cooperatives and we were impressed by how clean and present the flavors are in the cup.  There is a sweet, citric acidity that reminded us of limeade and an overall floral character that reminded us of rose. This is a delicate but delicious coffee.


Process: Washed


Profile: Limeade. Rose. Delicate.