Ethiopia Chelbesa

Ethiopia Chelbesa

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Chelbesa is great representation of of the Gedeb district, of the 4 districts or also called woredas of the Gedeo zone just south to the famous Yirgacheffe region. This offering exudes bright and clean flavors of peach, honeysuckle and black tea

About SNAP

Negusse Debela was visiting Minnesota from Ethiopia when this coffee’s idea sprang. On a trip to see family, Negusse was surprised by an Ethiopian-origin coffee in a Twin Cities cafe: it was a revelation of how diverse and sweet a well-cared-for cup could be. From that moment, he began to explore the coffee world of his home: the Yirgacheffe region of Ethiopia. He experienced the traditions of growing and processing coffee cherries, and began working to push the coffee culture of his home forward. What came of all the effort was SNAP Specialty Coffee—establishing in 2008, and working with nearly 500 smallholder producers to produce wonderfully nuanced, floral coffees. Now, those coffees are back in Minnesota, where we’re delighted to be able to bring their journey full-circle, roasting them in the same city they were inspired.

About the Variety

Dega and Wolisho are both regional landrace varieties, Dega is named for an indigenous tree. The wood of the Dega tree omits a sweet, fragrant aroma when burned for firewood, similar to the smell of coffee roasting. The Amharic word “dega” means “cool highland area,” which is also applicable to the agroecological conditions where Dega coffee grows. Wolisho is yet another regional landrace named for a tree indigenous to Gedeo and the surrounding area. This tree bears large fruit with inconsistent yearly yields. Wolisho coffee trees are known for it's large cherries and long leaves. For learning more about Ethiopian varieties and how they came to be, we recommend checking out A Reference Guide to Ethiopian Coffee Varieties.