More than any other country, Ethiopia has a broad genetic diversity among its coﬀee varieties, with each type having distinctive taste, shape and colour. As a result, each region in the country can oﬀer a diﬀerent ﬂavour proﬁle, forming the grading system for Ethiopian coﬀees e.g. Sidamo, Harrar, Limu, Djimmah etc. Yirgacheﬀe is therefore both a town and grade of coﬀee in Ethiopia, and it is widely argued that a Yirgacheﬀe grade coﬀee oﬀers one of the most distinctive ﬂavour proﬁles in the world, with pungent ﬂoral aroma and intense citrus ﬂavour.
The town itself is located in the Gedeo zone in the Southern Nations and Nationalities Peoples Regional State (SNNPRS) in Southern Ethiopia. Processing in Yirgacheﬀe can take the form of both washed and natural, with most of the coﬀee growing at over 2000 metres above sea level. Much of the coﬀee grown in Ethiopia is cultivated using traditional methods, under shade trees alongside other crops and without the use of chemicals. Coﬀee from Yirgacheﬀe is often referred to as ‘garden coﬀee’, as it is grown on very small plots, often in the back yard of small dwellings.
Working in partnership with Addis Exporter, a business with more than 100 years experience in exporting high quality coffee from Ethiopia, we have selected a natural processed coffee from smallholders based in Haricha Woreda, Yirgacheffe. It is the same region from which we source our much loved Rocko Mountain coffee. These smallholder farmers have hand-picked their cherries and sold them to a local trader who oversees the processing and sorting before selling the beans to the ECX who grade according to SCAA standards. Addis Exporter then purchase the top quality lots from the ECX and select the best for us to sample and select.
As with our Rocko Mountain coffees in the past, we are including a donation to the Girls Gotta Run Foundation in the price paid for our Kana Yirgacheffe. GGRF is a non-profit organisation that empowers girls in Ethiopia through running and education in an effort to avoid early marriage and pregnancy. With athletic scholarship programs in Sodo and Bukoji - both situated within the greater Woreda zone, north of Yirgacheffe - GGRF is bringing positive impact to the lives of young women and their communities throughout Ethiopia. Read more...