Until recently, Ethiopia was divided into 9 regions and Sidama was one of the zones in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People’s Region (SNNPR). A referendum for increased autonomy from SNNPR was held in the zone on November 20, 2019 and 98% of people voted in favour of accession to statehood.
Following the result, Sidama officially became Ethiopia's 10th Region on June 18, 2020. The capital of the region is Hawassa, 275km south of Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia.
From the viewpoint of coffee, there is confusion about the name of the region and its coffee as the coffee from this region is often called Sidamo.
According to the local people, the coffee from this region should be named Sidama as Sidamo refers to the people living in Sidama in the local language.
Bona Zuria (also referred to as Bona) is one of 19 districts in the Sidama Region. The altitude of Bona Zuria is around 2,200 metres above sea level and located at the highest altitude compared to other coffee growing areas in the country.
The coffee available in this area is sometimes called Highland Coffee. It has been exported under the name of Sidamo together with coffee from other districts in the region. However, it has been recently pointed out that coffee from Sidama Bona Zuria is even more superior to other quality coffee from other districts. Therefore, we believe that it should be specifically labelled Sidama Bona Zuria when marketed.
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