Ethiopian Yirgacheffe beans make for delightfully mellow coffee with hints of fruity citrus notes and a mild body. The Yirgacheffe region within Sidamo is considered the birthplace of the Arabica coffee plant. This is a world-class coffee bean that all coffee connoisseurs should try. Ethiopian Yirgacheffe coffee beans are considered the best Ethiopia has to offer – which is an incredibly high standard. Many of the small farms growing in the Yirgacheffe region use traditional methods to grow, fertilize and care for their plants by hand.
The delicate citrusy flavour is their trademark and you won’t find any other bean like it across the world, despite all Arabica coffee plants originating from this region. The distinctive flavour and high quality make this a world-renowned coffee bean. This is a light to medium roast that goes through a wet-process once before drying. For many of the small farms that grow the Yirgacheffe beans, this entire process is done by hand, as they have done for centuries. It’s said that an ancient Ethiopian herder discovered the potential of the coffee plant when his herd wouldn’t sleep after eating the cherries– this is likely to be a myth, but nonetheless, the coffee plant was first discovered somewhere in this region. Yirgacheffe is located in Southern Ethiopia – it’s actually a small area inside the larger Sidamo Ethiopia region. The Yirgacheffe area has a high elevation with mountainous areas and tropical vegetation.
However, unlike other Arabica varieties which are grown in a constant tropical climate near the equator, the Ethiopian bean grows through significantly different wet and dry seasons. This alters the flavour and body of the bean, making it more intense with citrus kicks and vibrant fruity notes. The elevation, which classes the bean as Strictly High Grown, means the plants are slow growing and require careful maintenance throughout the year. This painstakingly slow and careful growing, fertilizing, harvesting and processing of the beans by hand pay off – the resulting beans have an unbelievable premium taste that’s very hard to beat.