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Ethiopia - Odaco - Natural



Ethiopia is widely acknowledged as the legendary birthplace of coffee and is respected in the coffee industry as producing some of the most complex citrus and floral coffee favours from the high grown Cofea Arabica plant. Ethiopia relies heavily on the export of raw coffee whilst having their own domestic market, consumption and coffee ceremony dating back centuries. Dear Green travelled around the highland coffee producing areas of Djimma and Sidamo in 2014 as well as visiting the ECX (Ethiopia Coffee Exchange) auction house is Addis Ababa, helping us fully understand the infrastructure, governance and logistics of the production. Having a love of this origin, we have always listed the best washed and naturally processed coffee we can find from what is undoubtedly a selection of extremely high quality beans!


This coffee from the SHANTAWENE community is a micro-lot and has been called “ODAKO” to reflect the powerful culture of Shantawene, Sidama people. Odaco is a popular tree name in shentawene, Bensa. The Odako tree is where the SHANTAWENE community meets under the tree to resolve the conflicts in the area.

There is a similar tradition in other parts of Ethiopia as well for example (in the Oromo, known locally known as " odaco ". ) The coffee is sourced from 563 Daye Bensa member farmers from the SHANTAWENE area and Gatta Daye Bensa Farm. Daye Bensa micro-lots are a limited production, this approach help them to focus on the quality of the beans. As soon as the coffee is received it gets sorted by floating and picking out the ripe cherries. Then dry it on African beds for 13-15 days; one person is assigned per each individual bed to rotate the cherries every 15 minutes to ensure uniformity of drying. At Daye Bensa traceability is extremely important for their micro lots. The record-keeping book is carefully handled and separation is key to guarantee the highest level of quality when the cherries are received they got separate by village, the coffee is then kept separate throughout drying, processing, and storage, with labels stating the delivery dates, farm name, lot number, and more details related to the particular lot.

We purchased this coffee through import partner Falcon Speciality and have contributed to their ‘Stumping’ project in order for farmers to have a higher yield of coffee cherries from their trees.


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