Ethiopia Chelbesa (250g)

Ethiopia Chelbesa (250g)


Lyrically sweet, intriguing tart, complexly savory. Mulberry, lemon, jasmine, frankincense, apple blossom in aroma and cup. High-toned structure with delicately bright, multi-layered acidity; very viscous, plush mouthfeel. Resonant, flavor-laden finish with sugarcane and elderflower.  Long  and confident.

1950-2250 m

Wolisho and Dega



Gedeb: Smallholders


Washed coffees depend almost 100% on the bean having absorbed enough natural sugars and nutrients during its growing cycle. This means the varietal, soil, weather, ripeness, fermentation, washing, and drying are the absolutely key.

Washed coffees reflect both the science of growing the perfect coffee bean and the fact that farmers are an integral part of crafting the taste of a coffee bean. When looking at washed coffees, it becomes apparent that the country of origin and environmental conditions play a vital role that adds to the flavour.


Located in the Gedeo zone of the Gedeb district, Worka Chelbesa is one of the finest coffee producing areas in the famous Gedeb Woreda. Known for its dense, layered semi-forest vegetation structure, encompassing false banana trees as well as shade-grown coffee trees, Chelbesa is a great example of the best coffee-growing agro-ecology.

In 2019, SNAP Specialty Coffee built their new wet mill in a small hamlet called Danche in the Chelbesa Village with the hope of purchasing high-quality ripe cherries from the nearby farmers in the village.

The fermentation tanks of the wet mill are made of ceramic to bring out clarity in lots processed and to speed up the fermentation by retaining heat inside the tank.

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We got to know Ethiopia Chelbesa via Nordic Approach. Nordic Approach is a sourcing company focusing solely on high quality green coffees. We do the groundwork to identify, improve, select, and import the best coffees from the most interesting origins. Every coffee they buy or forward to a client is selected based on the cup profile. They believe transparency through the chain and premiums going back to the producers is the only way to achieve a sustainable quality coffee production. Our cooperation with Nordic started on 2016 and all of our coffees are based on their quality of transparency.

About Chelbesa



ALTITUDE:1950-2250 m


ARRIVED IN:30kg Boxes

VARIETIES:Dega and Wolisho

AROMA:Lemon, jasmine, Tea

FLAVOR:Sugarcane, Raspberry, Elderflower


FINISH:Honey, Apple flower


Dega is a regional landrace named after an indigenous tree. The wood of the Dega tree omits a sweet, fragrant aroma, when burned for firewood, that is peculiarly similar to the smell emitted during coffee roasting. The Amharic word “dega” means “cool highland area”, that also describes the agro-ecological conditions where Dega coffee grows.


The Wolisho varietal is a typical ancient variety that is found in the highlands of Ethiopia.
Wolisho is a regional landrace named after a tree indigenous to Gedeo and the surrounding area. This tree bears large fruit with inconsistent yearly yields. Wolisho plant is distinguished by its large fruits, tall canopy, stiff stem, and long leaves. Due to the tree height, the fruits take longer time to mature, and the slow maturation accounts for high quality of the beans.