Why Is Yirgacheffe Coffee Considered So Good?

Why Is Yirgacheffe Coffee Considered So Good?

Coffee from Ethiopia’s Yirgacheffe region, centered around the town of Yirga Chefe, is considered some of the best coffee in the world. It’s because of this high quality standard that we’ve chosen to source Yirgacheffe beans for our omniroast single origin Harrier beans. In fact, over 30,000 tons of coffee are grown there every year on more than 60,000 hectares of crops.

But what is it about Yirgacheffe coffee that makes it so good?

Perfect coffee-growing conditions

Yirgacheffe has a range of geographical advantages for growing coffee. It’s high above sea level at nearly two kilometres in altitude on average. This altitude creates a cool, temperate climate all-year round. High-up regions like Yirgacheffe also benefit from a lot of rainfall. High up, cool, and wet regions are ideal for growing coffee beans — especially when the soil is as rich and fertile as it is in Yirgacheffe.

Experienced farmers

Coffee is a major export for Ethiopia — in fact their largest agricultural export. Pair this national experience with Yirgacheffe’s ideal growing conditions and you end up with a region full of exceptionally good farmers working with some of the best coffee-growing soil in the world. Because they’re familiar with the terrain, their crops, and the local processing that occurs in the eponymous town of Yirga Chefe, Yirgacheffe’s farmers can reliably produce some of the best coffee in the world all year round.

How are Yirgacheffe beans processed?

Coffee beans from the Yirgacheffe region are processed in the town of Yirga Chefe itself — hence the name of the bean. Most coffee growers in the region will process by washing rather than using a natural process.

Distinct flavour

The other reason Yirgacheffe coffee is considered so good is because of its unique flavour profile. Like with wine, the quality of the soil in which a coffee bean is grown lends itself to the final taste of the bean. Yirgacheffe’s ideal conditions mean that this flavour manifests as an iconic bright, floral, citrusy flavour with hints of berries, chocolate, and nuttiness. Because these flavours are so rich, Yirgacheffe is famous for its complex and multi-layered tastes.

Buy Yirgacheffe coffee in Australia

For omniroast Yirgacheffe coffee beans that taste like apricot, shop our specialty coffee Harrier. Free shipping over $60 Australia-wide.

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