Ethiopia - Chelbesa  (Washed) - Filter

Chelbesa is a wonderful coffee. It's a classic washed Ethiopian, offering an array of unique flavours that only Ethiopia could deliver. It's clean, floral, sweet, complex and very enjoyable.

Tasting notes:


How you can brew this coffee:
V60, Chemex, Kalita, Syphon, Cafetiere, Aeropress and Drip Machine (Moccamaster, Wilfa Classic etc).


Chelbesa falls under the banner of what we call a 'type 1'. Those are typically tea like, floral, complex and very refined. It's sweet and balanced, but not overly intense or tropical. You will find a peach like sweetness, supported by perfumed bergamot and elderflower florals. The cordial reference refers to its sticky like consistency.

The farmers:

This 'lot' it has been put together with the production of 476 smallholders farmers delivering their cherries to the mill. This is very common in Ethiopia, where the majority of individual farms are small in size and lack the capacity to generate volume on their own, hence their collective crops. The area the most common type of soil is redbrown a particularly fertile type rich in iron and with high acidity content.


Located in Gedeo zone of the Gedeb district, Worka Chelbesa is one of the finest coffee producing areas within 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 best coffee growing agro-ecology.


SNAP Specialty Coffee built their new wet mill in 2019 in a small hamlet called Danche within the Chelbesa Village with the hope of reaching out to purchasing exclusively red cherries from the nearby farmers in Chelbesa Village.  Their ambition became a reality after completion of the project. The fermentation tanks of the wet mill were built by ceramic which will help bring clarity in the coffee that they process as well as help fasten the fermentation through keep heat inside the ceramic.

The Varietal:

Until recently Ethiopian coffee is offered in what is described as 'Native Heirlooms', which is a reference for a potentially 10,000+ native varietals that Ethiopia has growing across it's coffee communities. We are now seeing Ethiopia define their unique varietals, with Dega & Wolisho being two that are now identified in their own right alongside the likes of Kurume & K1 (See our other listing for AYEHU for the K1).

Dega is a regional landrace named for an indigenous tree. The wood of the Dega tree omits a sweet, fragrant aroma when burned for firewood, similar to the smell of coffee roasting. The Amharic word “dega” means “cool highland area,” which is also applicable to the agroecological conditions where Dega coffee grows.

Wolisho is yet another regional landrace named for a tree indigenous to Gedeo and the surrounding area. This tree bears large fruit with inconsistent yearly yields. Wolisho coffee has large cherries and long leaves.


We roast Mon-Thurs. Your coffee will be roasted within 5-10 days of purchase (sometimes less), with a shelf life of 6 weeks (optimum serving point of 10-36 days).
  • Coffee details:

    • Farms: Chelbesa
    • Varietal: Wolisho & Dega
    • Process: Washed
    • Elevation: 1950-2200 MASL
    • Weight: 250g / 1KG
    • Roast: Filter
    • This coffee is available as wholesale. If you would like to know more about wholesale supply and pricing, please contact