Yirgacheffe was recognised as a distinct region in the 1960s. The coffee is renowned for its floral and citrus flavours, wet processed giving it a clean taste.
The beans we import have a bright acidity with unique and delightful notes of lemon and jasmine. This will give you a light refreshing coffee, perfect for those who don’t want anything too heavy.
Read on to find out fascinating facts about Ethiopia and Yirgacheffe, the origin of coffee and what makes it so delicious.
Interesting Facts and History of Ethiopia
Located in the horn of Africa, it is home to 102.4 million people. The country is rich in culture and has a very interesting history, with archaeological finds dating back an astonishing 3 million years.
Placed between the Equator and the Tropic of Cancer, this country has three different climate zones, with an average temperature of 27°C.
Projects Abroad have some great facts about the country, here are a few:
- The coffee plant was discovered in Ethiopia in the 11th century.
- They are the only country in the world to have 13 months in a year. This means they are about 7.5 years behind the UK. They also celebrate New Year in September.
- Ethiopians measure time from when the sun rises, which means when the sun rises at 6am for them it is 12am. They also count time on the opposite side of the clock.
- There are over 80 different languages spoken here.
- It is the only country in Africa to have its own alphabet.
- The oldest fossil skeleton of a human was found here.
- Ethiopian Abebe Bikila was the first African to win gold in the Olympic Games.
Coffee Production in Ethiopia
Ethiopian beans are usually grown in Harar, Sidamo, Yirgacheffe or Limu.
Ethiopia is the world’s 5th largest producer of coffee, and Africa’s top producer, according to The Coffee Wiki. It is predicted to maintain a steady production of 6.545 million 60-kg bags of beans throughout 2018.
The main buyers of this country’s beans are the EU, East Asia and North America. The total area used for coffee growing is estimated to be about 4,000 km2. The method of production is very traditional, with nearly all work still done by hand, such as cultivating and drying.
Medium Roasted Coffee from Yirgacheffe
These beans are medium roasted in small batches and are always available fresh from Adams and Russell.
Medium roasts are a medium brown colour and are nicely balanced in flavour, aroma, and acidity. When roasting the beans can reach temperatures between 210°C and 220°C, which gives this rich, bold delicious flavour.
Medium roasted beans have milder levels of acidity than lighter roasts do, but it is usually still a prominent characteristic. They are also known for being highly aromatic when grounded and having a high level of body.