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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.
Available for limited times in small quantities, our carefully curated micro-lots are single origin coffees at their purest. Not only are the beans sourced from one farm, they're sourced from one micro-lot of land on that farm, ensuring a highly consistent flavor and experience. This is a wonderful way to sample the true, amazing potential of coffee. We've selected these lots despite their small quantity because we see something in them that's truly special--and we think you will, too.
True to their name, single origin coffees consist of beans sourced from a farm or community in one, specific region. Seasonal selections from around the world, our line of single origin coffees focuses on the highest quality product from coffee producers who take their work as seriously as we do.
Handcrafted from exceptional single origin coffees, our signature blends are carefully developed in our Hudson Valley roastery to please drinkers day after day, year round.
Offering exceptional flavor to coffee lovers who prefer to go without the caffeine, our Decaf selections stay true to taste with carefully blended, naturally water-processed decaffeinated coffees.
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12oz per week (About enough coffee to brew 10 cups each week.)
12oz every two weeks (About enough coffee to brew 5 cups each week.)
12oz each month (About enough coffee to brew 2 to 3 cups each week.)