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.