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 is sourced from a number of smallholder farmers in the highlands of Bensa, Sidama. Since farms in Ethiopia are less than a hectare in size, producers will take their harvests to the nearest washing stations for processing and market access. In this case, the coffee cherries were sun-dried on raised African beds at the Tariku Mirado processing station.
The natural process gives this coffee notes of fruit punch, green apple and blackberry.