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Chelbesa - Ethiopia

  • Region:


  • Preparation:

    Classic Washed

  • Varietal:

    Wolisho & Dega

  • Altitude:

    2200 MASL

  • Best for:

    Espresso / Filter

  • Flavour profile:

    Jasmine, Peach, Apricot

  • Product info

    This is an Omni-roasted coffee which means it is roasted to highlight the flavour of the coffee and will work well in all brew methods.

    Farm info

    Located in Gedeo zone of the Gedeb district, Worka Chelbesa is one of the finest coffee producing areas within the famous Gedeb Woreda. Known for its dense layered semi forest vegetation structure encompassing false banana trees as well as shade grown coffee trees, Chelbesa is a great example of the best coffee growing agro-ecology. SNAP Specialty Coffee built their new wet mill in 2019 in a small hamlet called Danche within the Chelbesa Village with the hope of reaching out to purchasing exclusively red cherries from the nearby farmers in Chelbesa Village. Their ambition became a reality after completion of the project. The fermentation tanks of the wet mill were built ceramic which will help bring clarity in the coffee that they process as well as help fasten the fermentation through keep heat inside the ceramic. This lot has been put together with the production of 476 smallholders farmers delivering their cherries to the mill, in the area the most common type of soil is red brown a particularly fertile type rich in iron and with high acidity content.

    The variety


    Dega is a regional landrace named after an indigenous tree. The wood of the Dega tree omits a sweet, fragrant aroma, when burned for firewood, that is peculiarly similar to the smell emitted during coffee roasting. The Amharic word “dega” means “cool highland area”, that also describes the agro-ecological conditions where Dega coffee grows.


    The Wolisho varietal is a typical ancient variety that is found in the highlands of Ethiopia. Wolisho is a regional landrace named after a tree indigenous to Gedeo and the surrounding area. This tree bears large fruit with inconsistent yearly yields. Wolisho plant is distinguished by its large fruits, tall canopy, stiff stem, and long leaves. Due to the tree height, the fruits take longer time to mature, and the slow maturation accounts for high quality of the beans.

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