While coffee in Sidama has long been exported around the world, it has only recently become an officially recognized region of Ethiopia. After an overwhelming 98.5% vote in favour of increased autonomy in a referendum in November 2019, the Sidama region was created in June 2020. It is the leading coffee producer in the country, accounting for over a quarter of the yearly production.
This coffee was decaffeinated through the Swiss Water process. The caffeine was extracted through a caffeine-free green coffee solution, while retaining the flavour components in the coffee beans. This process results in coffee that is 99.9% caffeine-free.
The resulting cup reminds us of hazelnut, cacao and vanilla.