This coffee comes from the Shefina washing station in the Sidama regional state of Ethiopia, named after the Sidama people who inhabit this land. Shefina is just south of the town of Yirga Alem, and a few miles north of the famous coffee producing town of Yirgacheffe. This coffee was naturally (dry) processed. This means the cherry was left on the coffee after harvest, while the coffee was dried. Naturally processed coffees typically exhibit a more full body and fruit-like flavors.
The Sidama region is climatically well-suited for growing high-quality coffee. Coffee grown in this region is typically grown in small villages (kebeles) at considerably high altitudes with cool temperatures and an above-average amount of rainfall. This results in coffee which typically has a more complex acidity and a fuller body. This coffee has a noticeable buttery characteristic, with a pleasant honey dew melon acidity.
Sidamo is a well-recognized name in Ethiopian coffee. Sidamo was a province that existed in Southern Ethiopia until 1995. In 1995, the Constitution of Ethiopia was accepted, moving the country from a collection of provinces to a federation of regional states, and the Sidamo province was divided amongst the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region; the Oromia region; and the Somali region. A very small Sidama zone was created in south-central Ethiopia. In 2019, after protests from the Sidama people, a referendum was passed, changing the Sidama zone into a regional state. In Ethiopia, a regional state is the highest level of administrative region. This transformation from zone to regional state gave the Sidama people a higher level of governmental autonomy. The name Sidamo is often still used to refer to coffees grown in the southern portion of Ethiopia.
- Region: Sidama
- Town: Shefina
- Process: Natural
- Elevation: 1900 - 2300 meters
- Variety: Indigenous heirloom varieties