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Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Wonberta Gedeb Grade 1 Washed

Origin Ethiopia /

Altitude 1700 - 2200 masl /

Crop Year 2018 /

Varietal Mixed Heirloom Varieties /

Product Code 5570

About Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Wonberta Gedeb Grade 1 Washed

Yirgacheffe is a town in central southern Ethiopia, located in the Gedeo Zone. It is also the administrative center of Yirgacheffe woreda (or district), the coffee growing area we are all familiar with. Yirgacheffe is bordered on the south by Kochere, on the west by the Oromia Zone, on the north by Wenago and on the east by Bule. These are all household names for us within the specialty coffee world. Most of the coffee from Yirgacheffe sits at an elevation between 1800 and 2200 meters above sea level and are predominantly grown by small holder farmers. This particular lot is grown at 1900 meters above sea level.

The coffee is grown in fertile, well drained and red brown soil. There are around 800 farmers that are members of the Kochere farmers group. On average each one of the farmers owns about 2 hectares of land that they have planted with coffee trees. The farmers use the Acacia, Podocarpes and Cordial Africana trees to share the coffee trees from the harsh midday sun.

This particular lot was processed as a washed, meaning that the coffee is pulped, fermented and then sun-dried on African beds. At the processing plant there are about 120 raised beds for drying the coffee. This washed lot has the sweetness of strawberry with delicate floral qualities of lavender. It is a very complex cup and truly unique. This is an extraordinary example of what fine washed coffees from Yirgacheffe should taste like.

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About Ethiopia

Known as the birthplace of coffee, many are familiar with the legend of Kaldi, the goat herder, who ate a coffee cherry after noticing that his goats became remarkably more excited after eating them. Today, Ethiopia produces some of the finest coffees in the world, adored for their diverse and floral flavours.

MTC Sucafina’s history in Ethiopia began over 20 years ago through an international brokering house. Much more recently, in January 2016, we fully opened our Representative Office in Addis Ababa. Since then, in a short period of time, the operation has become an integral part of our East African coffee offerings, allowing us to export these special qualities to clients all over the world.

Having a local presence allows us to select the best lots from the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange (ECX), exporters, cooperatives, and producers. We take a collaborative approach with shippers who are thoroughly vetted by the office, led by Adane Gudina.