Amount: 12oz. (About 30 cups)
Process: Natural, Hand-Processed
Altitude: 1,500 - 2,800m
Drying Method: Sun-dried on raised beds
Certification: Direct Trade
Cupping: Typical moka flavor, marked blueberry and blackberry
Flavor Profile: Sweet
Heavy-bodied, spicy and fragrant, Ethiopian Harrar coffee is a wild and exotic dry processed (natural) Arabica coffee that is grown on small farms in the Oromia region (formerly Harrar) in southern Ethiopia at elevations between 1,400 meters and 2,000 meters. The province of Harrar, is east of Addis Ababa, the country’s capitol.
Ethiopian Harrar coffee is generally highly rated and known for its winey and fruity, floral-toned acidity – bright in the cup, even intense – and tasting notes describe it with a rich and pungent, heady aroma that is wonderfully reminiscent of blackberries.
A good Harrar is bold and edgy with a complexity and spice tones that may include cinnamon, cardamom, blueberry jam, apricots, compote, even smoke, and with a lingering finish.
Roast Profile: Medium
Yirgacheffe prefers a medium roast as this allow its delicate qualities to shine and enhance the coffee's bright acidity. We recommend a medium roast versus a dark roast as we find darker roasts reduce the floral and fruity notes of coffee beans. It takes years of practice to strike the correct roasting balance, and our customers tell us all that we need to hear!
Type: Whole Bean
The advantage of buying whole bean coffee is that the flavor is much stronger, and the subtle tastes of your specific type of bean are more noticeable. You will get that "fresh" quality everyone looks for in a delicious cup of coffee.
Region: Harrar, Ethiopia
Coffee itself originated in Ethiopia and that plays an important role in why coffee from Harrar is so highly revered.
Greater Genetic Variety Creates Wider Range of Flavors - Coffee grown outside of this region has lower genetic variety and thus less flavor variety.
High Elevation Helps Coffee Beans Become Sweeter - Yirgacheffe coffee beans are grown at 1,500 - 1,800m elevation which is ideal for making coffee taste sweeter.
Natural Processing Makes Coffee Taste More Distinctive - Natural-processing means hand-picking, hand-washing which is slower but also means the coffee has a more distinctive taste.
The Blueberry Note Lives Here - This region is typically associated with notes of blueberry which if you’re a real coffee geek – is one of the ultimate flavors. The coffee coming out of these few villages comprising the Yirgacheffe area is some of the most amazing, sweet and floral coffee in the world.
You should store coffee beans at room temperature before brewing. To get the best results, store your beans in a dry, airtight container. When choosing a container and location for your favorite blend, it is essential to avoid air, moisture, heat, and light.
New research has established that drinking coffee can activate the body's fat-fighting defenses. This new research is a discovery that could have potentially significant implications in the battle against obesity and diabetes. According to researchers at the University of Nottingham, coffee may help stimulate our brown fat reserves, also known as brown adipose tissue, which plays a key role in how quickly we can burn calories.
We source our whole green coffee beans from farms across Africa that pay well above market value, which helps ensure ethically sustainable farming practices.
Our coffee is hand-picked, hand-washed, and then dried on raised beds as this allows the time necessary for the floral, sweet, and fruity notes to take hold.