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We find flavours of concord grape, apricot, and chamomile

Body     Acidity
Roasted omni for filter and espresso

We’ve been waiting for this day since Reuben was in Ethiopia tasting new coffees back at the start of 2017 — the first of the fresh crop of Ethiopians are here!

It takes a while for coffee to make its way from the growing regions out of the country and through Djibouti to get to port and then by sea to us in Sydney, so we’re always excited to see the first bags arrive at the warehouse and taste the first roast… and now to share it with you.

There are around 850 smallholder farmers who supply coffee to the Gigesa Washing Station in Shakisso, in the Oromia region of Ethiopia.

The average farm is around 2.5 hectares and planted with corn, grains, and false banana, alongside coffee, and often under shade trees such as Birbira, Wanza, and Acacia.

The wet mill uses clean river water to process the washed coffee, which is fermented in tanks for 48 hours before being washed clean of its mucilage and dried on raised beds.

Like most of the crops from Ethiopia, this is a mix of locally grown varietals referred to as Ethiopian Heirloom. This is the birthplace of coffee, so unlike places where coffee is introduced as a crop, here farmers often cultivate the trees growing naturally on their property.

We hope you enjoy the Gigesa as much as we are at the roastery right now. There's some more new origins lined up for the next few deliveries so there's plenty more to come!


All the images and information about this coffee and its producers have been kindly shared by the importer, Cafe Imports, and edited by us, Sample Coffee (unless linked to or credited otherwise).

Resting beans inside the sealed bag helps develop peak flavours and acidity

Learn how long and why you should wait in our brewing window recommendations.

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Our brewguide recipes are easy to follow and designed to bring the best out of our coffee.


To brew on espresso, we recommend using 20g of beans (dose) to get 60g of espresso out (yield), during 24-28 seconds.

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To brew in infusion/fed brewers (V60, Chemex) use a ratio of 1:16.7 ratio of beans:water.

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To brew in immersion brewers (plunger, AeroPress, Kalita, batch brewer) we recommend using a 1:14.3 ratio of beans:water

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To brew as cold brew we recommend using a 1:12 ratio of beans:water

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Gigesa Washing Station




Danbi Uddo, Gigesa, Shakisso


1800 – 1950m above sea level


Ethiopian Heirloom




January 2017





Tasting notes

Concord grape, apricot, and chamomile

Roast style


Map showing location of Ethiopia Gigesa


Ethiopian Heirloom varietal

Heirloom (or sometimes Landrace) is an umbrella term that refers to all the coffee varietals endemic to Ethiopia.

The location

Coffee from Ethiopia

Seen as the birthplace of domesticated coffee, there are not many more exciting times at the Sample warehouse as when our fresh Ethiopian lots arrive. Legend says it’s our favourite origin…

The Sidamo region of Ethiopia

Both ‘Sidamo’ and ‘Sidama’ can be used to describe coffees from this region, Sidama refers to the natives of the area. It grows some of the highest coffees in Ethiopia

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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