Just like all of our Ethiopian coffees, we source many quality lots of Ethiopia Sidamo for our store over the period of a season (6 months) as it's one of the most popular coffees.
At various times, we will alternate between washed and full natural (dry processed) lots that periodically arrive into our roastery - depending upon the stage of the season and the recent arrivals.
For Sidamo, we predominantely look at washed coffees - they are cleaner in the cup and provide a classic match with milk-based espresso so popular in Australian coffee culture.
Generally, our Sidamo lots will follow a similar theme - notes of berry, black tea with a chocolate finish.
We try to steer away from Sidamos that are too fruity as it can create more challenges at the brew/extraction stage.
Ethiopia produces amazingly complex coffees and as a result there are different growing regions and varietals that produce unique and distinctive characteristics in the coffees they process - from the naturally rustic and winey Harrar, the interesting tropical fruits of a Lekempti, the plum and winey Djimmah, chocolate driven Limou, berry infused Sidamo, wild fruity Bench to the classic tones of a fine Yirgacheffe - all the coffees from these different Ethiopian regions and amazing examples of Africa's best.
Sidamo has an appearance similar to Yirgacheffe and Limou, however, Sidamo generally delivers a bit more berry and black tea like flavours whereas the Yirgacheffe will have a lemon & honey note and the Limou will have some stone fruit and cocoa.
When we have dry processed (natural) Sidamo on offer, the roasted appearance will vary considerably from the washed Sidamo.
Natural Sidamo will have an inconsistent colour with occassional lighter shades - this is entirely normal and part of the appeal for dry processed coffees.
The screen size may also be more inconsistent for natural processed (dry) Sidamo.
In terms of application, Sidamo makes a great filter, plunger and stovetop coffee where the intensity of the cup shows through with pronounced effect.
The general availability of natural Sidamo is limited - please kindly note we do not have both washed and dry roasted versions available at the same time, e.g. it is not possible to select a type.
A beautifully prepared washed GR1 from the Oromia Co-op
Initial flavours of black tea with a hint of berry, moving through a juicy orange citrus acidity with an interesting nut, toffee and malt back that finishes with cocoa.