Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia

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$14.75 / 12 Ounces
Country
Ethiopia
Region
Gedeo
Producer
Ethiopia Commodity Exchange
Varieties
Heirloom
Process
Washed
Altitude
Unknown
Harvest
Dec - Feb
Tasting Notes
Sweet, Floral, Lemon

Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia

In April 2008 the Ethiopian government founded a nationwide marketplace dubbed the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange. The ECX was created to regulate commodity trading and ideally create a better business environment for interested parties. The exchange provides information for producers about market prices for their product and a systematized program for grading, sorting, and evaluating coffee quality. This allows producers to see what the price of their coffee should be, and provides buyers a secure way to purchase coffee of reliable quality.

The government implemented this system specifically because Ethiopia was one of the places where small producers were receiving low prices for their coffee from local intermediaries without access to broader market information. On the down side, the system has made it impossible to trace coffees from producer to market, as lots of the same grade get bulked, or blended, together.

What we do know about this coffee is that it comes from near the Gedeo region, in central South Ethiopia and that it was delivered to the Yirgacheffe ECX warehouse. Coffees from this region receive the Yirgacheffe designation because they have been washed using a traditional Ethiopian process that was developed to improve quality. The coffee seed is removed from the fruit, and soaked in water for 12–24 hours and then dried in the sun. This process helps remove defects, and leads to a clean, citrus-like flavor profile for which Yirgacheffe is known.

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