A large area in the fertile highlands in the Rift Valley, Sidamo is one of three trademarked coffee regions in Ethiopia (along with Harrar and Yirgacheffe). It’s 1,550 to 2,200 m.a.s.l and has ample rainfall, optimum temperatures, and fertile soil.

Sidamo coffee is known for its floral, citrusy aroma, and it tends to have a medium, smooth body. It’s more earthy than other Ethiopian coffees, with a bright finish and low acidity.

It’s reported that around 60% of coffee produced here is washed processed. Sidamo coffees are known for their rich, full body, vibrant crisp acidity, and floral and citrus notes.

Sidamo A, B, C, D and E

The Ethiopian commodity Exchange has categorized the Sidamo zones into five geographical areas: Sidama A, B, C, D and E. These does not have any relation to quality but mere geographical indicators. Quality is based on sensory analysis and green grading, where Q1 and Q2 are named as specialty coffee, and everything between 3 and 9 are considered commercial grade.

Sidama People

Sidama has an estimated population of 3.5million, where the Cushitic language Sidamigna is the lingua franca. As all other ethnic groups in Ethiopia, they have their own unique culture, tradition, and heritage. Sidama celebrate their own New Year called ‘Fiche Chembelala’ which was given the status of UNESCO world heritage. They take huge pride in this.

Sidamo Coffees

Client Name
: Leul Kelemu
: Sidamo Coffee
Start Date
: Mar 04, 2010
End Date
: Jul 01, 2021
: Completed