Iron Lion – Natural Community lot in Sidama


Iron Lion is the Natural community lot, which is replacing last year’s Dur Feres. The multistation lot is the result of the new collaboration with stations in the Sidama Bensa area. The coffee is selected to provide us a fruity profile with chocolate notes. Coffee for the people!

Michiel Lampers, responsible for Sourcing Ethiopian lots at The Coffee Quest, grew up enjoying Reggae music, and has a great interest in sociology and history of humanities. The name Iron Lion, links to the Song “Iron Lion Zion” from Bob Marley. 

The song’s lyrics are directly related to Rastafarian beliefs. Zion is “the promised land”, in the song referring to Ethiopia. The lion refers to the Lion of Judah, which appeared on the old royal Ethiopian flag, and represents Haile Selassie, the former Ethiopian emperor whom Rastafarians regard as their Messiah.

During his reign he fought for Independence, progress and peace, and he laid the foundation for the abolishment of late colonial slavery and for the creation of a democratic constitution. This is a purely rebel coffee!



The Coffee Quest, Iron Lion seeks to fulfill popular demand in fruity and expressive Ethiopian Natural Coffee with loads of berries, fudge and dark chocolate, and price efficiency in mind. It is created by selecting top grade 3 natural lots from various washing stations and blending it to achieve yearly consistent profiling.


In Ethiopia during this season we experienced a cherry price increase from around 15-17Birr/kg to 20-24Birr/kg which benefits the farmers.


All of the coffees coming from Daye Bensa, our exporter are certified with Organic Certifications, namely:

  • UTZ certification: UTZ certified coffee is traceable from producer to roaster to consumer.
  • NOP certification is needed for those who want to export their products to the US labelled as 100% organic. More information: here.
  • EC – EU declaration of conformity
  • JAS – Japanese Organic Regulation
  • RainForest Alliance: The RainForest Alliance is an international non-profit organization working at the intersection of business, agriculture, and forests to make responsible business the new normal, to protect forests, improve the livelihoods of farmers and forest communities, promote their human rights, and help them mitigate and adapt to the climate crisis.
  • In 2020 Daye Bensa received the organic certification for exporting fully organic crops next year!

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