Iron Lion is our Natural community lot from Sidama Bensa. This community lot is the result of our progressing collaboration with Daye Bensa. Together, we focus on cup profile consistency and quality. Iron Lion seeks to fulfil popular demands in fruity and expressive Ethiopian Natural Coffee with loads of berries, fudge and dark chocolate, and price efficiency in mind. We created the lot by selecting top grade 3 natural lots from various washing stations and blending it to achieve yearly consistent profiling. This coffee grows at an altitude of around 1900-2300 m.a.s.l.
This natural lot is made from well selected, ripe cherries. The cherries are floated upon reception to remove any low quality cherries, then dried on African beds for 14 to 18 days. The cherries are locally hulled into unsorted natural beans.
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 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, representing Haile Selassie, the former Ethiopian emperor whom Rastafarians regard as their Messiah. During his reign, he fought for Independence, progress and peace. 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!
Daye Bensa, is investing in upgrading processing equipment on the site, to start working on new and exciting processing varieties. It is also one of the production sites of the new dry fermented processes. Daye Bensa is receiving cherries from producers that are mostly organic by default. In 2020, Daye Bensa received the organic certification to start exporting fully organic crops, among other certifications held by Daye Bensa are: UTZ & RainForest Alliance.
Daye Bensa ensures quality by direct sourcing from farmers who follow the best harvesting practices, and they vigorously separate defected and unripe/overripe cherries, they provide consistent processing procedures as well as good storage and defect detection procedures in milling and hulling.
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