Special Preparation

Flavours of White peach, jasmine
Body     Acidity

Best as black espresso/filter

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The Testi West Arsi Washing Station was established in 2010 and serves about 850 smallholder producers in the area.

The farmers deliver their cherry to the washing station, where it is depulped, fermented for 24–48 hours, and washed before being dried on raised beds for 12-15 days.

Testi is a family-owned producer and exporter in Ethiopia. They own a farm and washing stations in the Guji region, and have relationships with partners in Limu and also West Arsi – where this coffee was grown.

Ethiopia’s going through an unusual shift in coffee production, with the formerly tightly government controlled coffee production and export business going through a wave of deregulation.

Until recently all coffee was traded through the Ethiopian Coffee Exchange (ECX). As part of the ECX sale process separate growing lots were typically mixed, making traceability difficult. This in turn meant that exceptional small lots of coffee were blended with lesser quality, reducing their value.

The recent opening up of coffee trade and export outside the ECX has made it possible to find and share coffees such as this one.






1800m above sea level


Typica, Bourbon




1200 Smallholders





What makes up Ethiopia Arsosala Special Preparation?


Bourbon varietal

A natural mutation of the Typica varietal, Bourbon is named after Reunion Island (then known as Il Bourbon) where the French cultivated Typica plants, that naturally mutated.

Typica varietal

Considered to be one of the ‘genus’ varietals from which all other varietals have mutated from

The location

Coffee from Ethiopia

Seen as the birthplace of domesticated coffee, there not many more exciting times at the Sample Roastery as when our fresh Ethiopian lots arrive. There’s a lot to love about Ethiopian coffee

The Yirgacheffe region of Ethiopia

Unique for its floral and highly aromatic coffees. Some our of very favourite and memorable Ethiopian coffees have emerged from this legendary region.

Farm processes

Washed process

Machines are used to remove the flesh from the coffee cherry before being fermented in water, washed again, and finally sun dried. This process tends to result in more distinct, cleaner flavours.

Coffee delivery: coffee in resealable bag and farm information card

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