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ETHIOPIA - Malawo Espresso (Black Honey)

ETHIOPIA - Malawo Espresso (Black Honey)

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This coffee will release at:
In-store: 9 March 1400
Online: 9 March 2200

Sweven (Bristol)

Ethiopia - Malawo Espresso 227g

– “A rare and outstanding Black Honey processed micro-lot of Ethiopian Heirloom by renowned producer Asefa Dukamo”.

what to expect in the cup

Passion fruit, bergamot, orange blossom. Very sweet and velvety with multi-layered soft tropical fruits complexity and outstanding aroma.

Region: Bensa, Sidama
Variety: Heirloom
Process: Black Honey

‘Malawo’ means ‘honey’ in the Sidama language. This lot is made up of coffee sourced from 563 Daye Bensa member growers in the Shantawene and Gatta farm areas in Sidama. The coffee is processed as a black honey (full honey), which is quite unusual for Ethiopia but the team at Daye Bensa decided to start experimenting to be at the forefront of the market and to push the processing boundaries for Ethiopia. As soon as the coffee is received at the washing station it gets sorted and floated for density and quality with the under ripe cherries removed. When the coffee is pulped, as much of the mucilage as possible is left on the beans to make it a black honey process. It is then dried on African raised beds for 13-15 days, and the coffee is turned every 15 minutes to ensure uniformity of drying and consistent quality. After all of this attention to detail, the results on the cupping table were unreal and we could not resist to purchase this micro-lot for a second year on a row!

Producer Notes

This micro-lot comes to us in partnership with our dear friends the Daye Bensa exporter. Daye Bensa is very much a community-focussed business that aims to deliver additional bonus payment to the farmers based on the volume they contribute to their station micro-lots, and they reward consistency in both volume and quality to their farmers year after year. Traceability is extremely important during the production of micro lots.

The record-keeping book is carefully handled and separation of lots is key to guaranteeing the highest level of quality. When the cherries are received they are separated 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. They also run an out-growers program that benefits farmers with an off-season payment on top of the harvest fee and have been active in working to improve the farmers’ living situations and standards, with healthcare access, utilities, education and transport infrastructure.

Additionally, Daye Bensa are working with the school principals in the villages surrounding the farms, providing basic school materials for the students and we are incredibly proud to continue working with them and supporting their projects alongside bringing their amazing lots here at Sweven.