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We find flavours of mandarin, passionfruit, and bergamot

Body     Acidity

Roasted omni for filter and espresso

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.


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 recipes are easy to follow and designed to bring the best out of our coffee. Find your favourite method on our brew guides collection or test a new oneβ€”and if you have any questions, ask us anytime at [email protected].




Werka, Sidama, Yirgacheffe


1900 – 2050m above sea level


Ethiopian Heirloom







Tasting notes

Mandarin, passionfruit, and bergamot

Roast style


Map showing location of Ethiopia Werka


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 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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