Yirgacheffe is a micro district (or “woreda” which is an “administrative division of Ethiopia”) found in southern Ethiopia as part of the Gedeo Zone. The Gedeo zone is located in the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR) of Ethiopia and is known to produce some of the most well-balanced cups, with complexity in its flavors & acidity.
Yirgacheffe is found right in the middle of the Gedeo Zone, with an altitude between 1,800 – 2,100 meters above sea level. This woreda boasts an abundance of lush-green vegetation, providing ideal growing conditions for coffee plantations, as coffee is grown in high-altitudes and in some methods, under the forest canopy. The Yirgacheffe region produces Ethiopia’s best & most complex profiles, with the majority of Yirgacheffe coffee being wet-processed. Although the naturally dried beans from this zone have been gaining some traction.
Some of the top grade Yirgacheffe coffees share the same characteristics with the best Sidamo coffees. These characteristics are fruit flavours, bright acidity and a silky, clean mouth feel. The acidity is bright and often accompanied with a lemony character, and phenomenal sweetness. Another hallmark characteristic of this type of coffee is it’s light body and herbaceous quality.
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