Ethiopia DP Haile Selassie Sidamo

Ethiopia DP Haile Selassie Sidamo

Farm Description

Emperor Haile Selassie did not harvest this coffee or own the mill, but he is certainly the inspiration for the name of this coffee facility located in the Dara area of Sidamo (and not far from where our Koratie coffee originated last year). The process for this DP special selection involves harvesting ripe cherry, promptly screen-drying on raised beds, and extra steps in sorting the coffee after it is hulled. This differs from other dry-process Ethiopia coffees, which are often picked at the tail-ends of the crop, indiscriminately picked, and consolidated later (mixing good coffee with bad). The result is that this coffee has less distraction in terms of earthy, hidey or musty flavors, common in average DP Sidamo coffees. To the contrary, it's a wonderful cup with intense fruit, dried strawberry in the light roasts, and spice in the darker roasts.

Cupping Notes

The fragrance from the ground coffee has a richly layered fruit quality, with tamarind, guava, peach, as well as a creamy milk chocolate scent. There is a yerba matte note when pouring the hot water; in the aroma it fades into mango, cooked peach, nutmeg and other warming spices. On the break there is a very intense cherry scent! The coffee has interesting fruit on so many levels that it is hard to list them all. And, with each new roast and each new brew, it shows even more. Many of these cup like dried fruits, like fruit strips, or fruit roll-ups. There is stone fruit, peach and apricot, as well as light plum notes. Mango sweetness comes through, as well as intensely aromatic dried strawberries. The sweetness is mainly fructose, a soft sweet quality, but also somewhat caramely, with vanilla accents. There is a creamy, buttery quality as well, especially as the cup cools. Slightly darker roasts show anise spice, a bit of caraway seed, fresh ginger, sarsaparilla bark, and cardamom. It's a very sweet cup, in particular the lighter roast levels. It needs a few days rest to develop body, and very fresh roasts can have a tight dryness in the finish. And yet, the aromatics are explosive with a short overnight rest on this coffee. Now, this is a bit odd, but we made incredible, I mean ... jaw-dropping incredible ...espresso from this coffee, straight, but it was from some relatively light roasts, City+, with 6 days rest. I didn't think a DP Ethiopia could produce such an amazing shot with such a light roast! If you like wildly bright espresso with an hour of aftertaste, this might be for you; lighter roast, longer rest. It's the nature of DP coffees to have variation in surface color, as well as from cup to cup (or shot to shot). But this coffee has relatively few quakers and shows that more care was put into selection and harvest here.



Lot Size

100 Bags

Roast Recommendations

City+ roast will look awfully uneven, but has the most intense fruited notes. FC has the best balance of body and fruit, FC+ is full of intense anise/licorice/cardamom flavors.


Dry Process


Heirloom Varietals    

Grade & Appearance

Grade 3; 1.2 d/300gr, 16-18 Screen


Shipped in GrainPro, vacuum packed at our warehouse
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Improvised swim mask. In Dara area near Haile Selassie mill.

Heirloom Ethiopia coffee, in bloom.

Typical winnowing screen with dry process cherry

Dry process cherry pods before milling


#1 Sidamo Espresso

While I don't have this particular Sidamo, not surprised at all it's great as espresso. We've been running a City+ (~432f drop) DP Sidamo in one of our SO espresso grinders with great results. Try it as a killer macch' and cap' too! Definitely want around a weeks rest for shots so fruits and body fully developed. Grind fine, not up dosed, pulled short normale ~30sec range 'bout 198.5f.

On the flip side of life running Monsooned Malabar Roasted Coffee Pictorial Guide. ">FC+ in another SO espresso grinder, get your temp WAY up (~207.5f) or suffer the consequences! (We have a few zombie customers:-)

#2 Didn't but soon will

Ethiopia DP Haile Selassie Sidamo on it's way. Looking forward to it!

#3 As good as I'd hoped

Killer Haile SO straight shots and machs, fruit & cream compote caps, great pour over, press pot you name it. Also excellent as the Ethiopia character element in my main espresso blend.

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