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Ethiopia Bensa

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    Ethiopia Bensa
    • Country: Ethiopia
    • Area: Shentabene, Bensa, Sidamo
    • Owner: Company owned lot by the washing station
    • Producers: Small Producers
    • Farm: Outcroppers
    • Mill: Bensa Washing Station
    • Variety: Heirlooms
    • Processing: Washed
    • Roasted Type: Enjoy as Espresso & Filter brewings

    Tasting Note: Blackberry, nectarine & macadamia
    Complex floral & cocoa aroma. Macadamia, nougat and complex stonefruit notes throughout. Slight mandarin present. Blackberry becomes pronounced when cool. Quite a thick body for a washed Ethiopian.

    Roast to Order:
    • Order Cut-off: Every Tuesday 2pm
    • Roast: Every Wednesday
    • Dispatch: day after roasting
    • Whole bean only


    As a company we don't focus on body too much, favouring sweetness and acidity over it. This coffee is an exception, its heavier body complements the nutty notes and stone fruit flavours in a nice way.

    This lot was processed at Bensa Washing station owned by Assefa Dukale. Around 700 smallholder producers deliver to Bensa washing station daily. The cherries grow between 1800-2000 masl. The beans itself are very dense, with screen sizes 14+, reflecting its slow maturation at higher altitudes. This leads to increased body and sweetness in the cup.

    This lot is fully washed and is wet fermented for 36-48 hours, and then dried on African beds for 12-15 days to around 10% moisture. In the daytime the cherries are raked to ensure a consistent drying process. In the day, it is covered from 12-3pm, to protect the coffee from the hot sun. It is covered over night to protect it from rainfall and moisture.

    The New Paradigm

    The New Paradigm Coffee Roaster from St Peters has a strong focus in sourcing traceably, sustainably, and ethically.

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