Queen Bee Espresso #7: Telamo

Shebedino Woreda, Sidama Zone, Ethiopia | Nov 2014 - Feb 2015



Our Queen Bee Espresso Series introduces a seasonal dimension to our espresso line. This season's offering from the Telamo Co-op in Ethiopia's Sidama Zone is sweeter than ever before.

The seasons are changing and cold weather is right around the corner. This espresso brightens the colder months by o ering a delicious balance between sweet and tart. It is reminiscent of holiday treats: raspberry Linzer cookies and lemon bars. We could just gobble it up.

When paired with milk, Telamo offers hints of milk chocolate, caramel squares and brown butter. Telamo was founded in 1975 as part of Ethiopia’s controversial Land Reform Bill which outlawed private ownership of land making the creation of co-operatives and farmers’ associations a requirement. This type of forced
cooperation was extremely difficult for many farmers in the beginning.

Today, Ethiopia is focused on encouraging the strength and growth of co-operatives. When our Coffee Quality Coordinator Mike Mowry visited the co-op in October 2013, they were particularly interested in and excited by the fact that Equal Exchange is a co-operative and that we often sell to co-operatives, thus creating a full and direct cooperative supply chain.

Learn more about our Ethiopian partners here:

Telamo Co-operative

Shebedino Woreda, Sidama Zone, Ethiopia

74112, Buni, and heirloom, longberry varietals

1888 MASL

Light Medium

Exceptionally fruity and fragrant, with notes of raspberry jam, lemon curd, sweet cream and vanilla. Tart and sweet. 

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