The Werka Coffee Washing Station is in the Nensebo district, taking its name from the nearby town of Werka.
They collect coffee from 700–800 farmers, who each grow coffee on around three hectares of land. As well as their coffee crop, they typically grow ‘false banana’ plants (a drought resistant plant which provides food as well as fibres for rope) as well as corn, along with Wanza and Acacia trees for shade.
Like most crops from Ethiopia, this is a mix of locally grown varietals which are referred to as Ethiopian Heirloom.
Ethiopia is the birthplace of coffee, so unlike other countries where coffee has been introduced as a crop with specific varietals planted, Ethiopian farmers often cultivate the trees growing naturally on their property.
It’s this diversity that helps bring the varying flavours we love in Ethiopian coffee, and we hope you enjoy them too.
About the varietals in Werka
The Ethiopian Heirloom name is used to describe indigenous heirloom varieties resulting from cross-breeding between species and varietals rather than stemming from one particular variety.
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
Unique for its floral and highly aromatic coffees. Some our of very favourite and memorable Ethiopian coffees have emerged from this legendary region.