Producer: Small Scale Growers
Farm: Small Scale Growers
Tasting notes: Peach, Apricot, Black Tea
The town of Worka is located in the heart of coffee production in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples region of Sidamo. Most people around Worka work in agricultural sectors, and coffee is the oldest and best paying cash crop. Small scale growers, some of whom own less than an acre of land, bring their cherries to community washing stations at Worka for processing. Coffees from Worka are grown at around 1900 meters above sea level on average, and the elevation combined with their perfect geographical location makes for some of the cleanest and most consistent coffees in Sidamo. This coffee was fermented for 32 hours in water with a pH of 8.5 before being dried on raised beds for 17 days.
Sidamo (also transliterated as Sidama) is a region, a tribal group, and a massive coffee producing agricultural area that encompasses smaller growing regions such as Yirgacheffe and Guji. However, coffees that are labeled as “Sidamo” are typically sourced to the northwest of Yirgacheffe, and usually come from one of the large co-ops in the Sidama Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union. There are 51 co-ops in the Union, and many have created well deserved reputations for consistency over years of production. These large co-ops often represent thousands of farmers, and cup profiles from Sidamo can be widely varied.