Ditta Artigianale: August 2019

Everything you need to know about August’s Espresso Subscription.

This month, we’re excited to bring you one of the premiere roasters in Italy: Ditta Artigianale. Helmed by 3-time Italian Barista Champion Francesco Sanepo, “Ditta” is a can’t-miss cafe stop for us when we’re on our way to the La Marzocco headquarters in Scarperia—just outside Florence. We’re proud to share a hometown with them, and we couldn’t be more excited to share their coffee with you.

Below, you’ll find more info about this month’s espresso—including origin information and brewing specs—as well as a special drink recipe we created that reminds us of mornings in Tuscany. 

Enjoy the espresso this month, take an adventure with a new drink, and if you should find yourself in Florence, be sure to let us know. We’d love to show you around the factory.

Ethiopia Adado

Written by Ditta Artigianale

Tasting Notes: Black Cherry, Marmalade, Maple Syrup

Country: Ethiopia 

Quality: Yirgacheffe washed grade 1

Farm/Washing station: Adado

Variety: Heirloom

Crop: 2019

Location: Adado wereda – SNNPR region

Altitude: 1780-1860m

Rainfall: 1795-2150mm

Services: 400-500 coffee farmers

Harvest: December – February

Milling & Shipping: March – April

Bags: 60kg grainpro

Adado is a washing station located in the Yirgacheffe growing region of the SNNPR region. It services around 450 smallholder producers. Adado is an area close to the town of Yirgacheffe, home to some of the most-loved coffees in the world. Yet, fresh crop Ethiopian coffees can be somewhat shy just upon arrival. The same holds true for this washed lot from Adado. In our cuppings, we pick up the florals and the typical origin flavours, but the coffee needs a little more time to open up and show its true colours. Try it now and try it in a couple of months, you will taste the evolution!

Processing at Adado washing station

Washed processing at Adado follows the traditional Ethiopian methods. An initial cherry screening through flotation and a visual check holds back unwanted cherries. The depulper tears off the cherry skin and some mucilage. Next, the coffee ferments under water for 36 to 72 hours. In this period, the water is changed 3 times.

Once the mucilage has broken down sufficiently, the coffee is released into the washing channel for cleaning. During this step, the station’s staff pushes the coffee through channels. This separates the coffee in parchment quality grades according to its density. Remaining floaters are easily removed. Once clean, the highest parchment grade passes through an additional soaking phase of 8 to 12 hours.


Finally, the wet parchment is carried out to the drying field. During the first day of drying, the parchment rests on the pre-drying tables to let the excess water run off. Here, it is easier to detect and remove defects when the coffee is still wet. After one day, the drying field staff transfers the wet parchment to other tables where it will dry for up to 12 days. During this period, they regularly turn the parchment to ensure even drying and to avoid defects. Once dried, the coffees rest in a warehouse until the cooperative finds a buyer.

For more info about coffee in Ethiopia, visit our Ethiopia origin page.

Brewing Specs

1:2 —Normale

In: 19g
Out: 40g
Time: 28 seconds
Pressure: 9 bar
Temperature: 203°F
Pre-Infusion: None

For a ristretto style espresso, try 19g in, 24g out in 35-40 seconds
For a Lungo style espresso, try 19g in, 57g out in 22-25 seconds


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