Sidamo was a province in the southern part of Ethiopia.
Its name has it’s from a native ethnic group of Ethiopia, called Sidama,
which are located in the south-central part of the country. Their majorpolitical state was the ancient Kingdom of Sidama. The old political
map says Sidama was bordered by Gama-Gofa on the west, Shewa on the north, Bale extending from north to east, a small portion on thesoutheast by Somalis, and on the south by Kenya.
Sidamo A, B, C, D and E
The Ethiopian commodity Exchange has categorized theSidamo 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 has an estimated population of 3.5million,where the Cushitic language Sidamigna is the lingua franca. As all otherethnic 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
Detail profile of Sidamo Coffee
Arfasa Genera Trading PLC
Type of coffee
Sidamo- Shefena Coffee
Coffee Arabica Variety Typica
No of group farmers
Altitude / m.a.s.l/
Average Annual Temperature / ºC/
Average annual rainfall(Mm)
Fertile, red brown fertile soil and its well Drainage, with 1.5m Depth
Agro forestry production system by keeping soil fertility, shade regulation and other agronomic practices done by using cultural methods
Organic fertilizer / Compost/
Feb – March
Mid Oct – Nov
Hand picking of Red rip cherry
Done by hand picking fruits are not full rips and other stickers
UTZ-RFA-Organic /EU.NOP amd JAS
14 and above
keeping the final product on the base of each lots
Types of processing
Washed / Natural
medium to lively acidity, medium to full body, floral, fruit, spice
Fruity and sweet with notes of blueberry, lime, toffee, and nut with a medium berry acidity and mild body.