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West Arsi Sebo

We find flavours of jasmine, pink grapefruit, peach

Body     Acidity

Roasted omni for filter and espresso

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.


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).

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Testi West Arsi Washing Station




Nansebo, Werka


1900-2050m above sea level


Ethiopian Heirloom




December 2018





Tasting notes

Jasmine, pink grapefruit, peach

Roast style


Map showing location of Ethiopia West Arsi Sebo


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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