Ethiopia Bench Maji
Origin: Bench Maji Forest, South West Ethiopia
Elevation: 500m – 2500m
Flavor: Summer fruit and rich cocoa
Ethiopia Bench Maji is a unique and characterful wild grown coffee.
Many people consider Ethiopia to the original home of coffee. It is thought the first coffee trees were grown in Ethiopia in the 11th century. A curious traveler smuggled some beans out of Africa in the linings of his clothing, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Ethiopia Bench Maji coffee is a truly individual coffee, growing wild and harvested by hand. In Ethiopia it is not uncommon for coffee to grow in forests. As a result, the wild coffee trees benefit from the natural shade.
Bench Maji is a union of 65 primary coffee cooperatives based in South West Ethiopia. The union was set up to market outstanding coffee while improving the lives of the farmers and their families. While only starting in 2005, it has over 130,000 Smallholder member farmers.
We roast this exceptional coffee medium, bringing out its delicate fruit flavours with low acidity. Expect a lively cup with notes of kiwi, redcurrant and lime and floral overtones.