Coffee from Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia

Discover why Yirgacheffe, Eithiopia, is one of the world’s most valued sources for single origin gourmet Arabica coffee beans.  

Yirgacheffe is considered the birthplace of coffee. The coffee cherries harvested from the heirloom plants growing on these Ethiopian mountainsides provide beans that are famous throughout the world for their bright citrusy flavor notes. Tiru Coffee hand selects only the best of the best coffee beans from the Yirgacheffe region to provide our customers with a hot or iced coffee tasting experience that cannot be duplicated. The Yirgacheffe coffee offered by Tiru contains the wild and complex flavors of sweet tangerine, wine, and berry with a vibrant floral finish.

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The Yirgacheffe region of Ethiopia is one of the most prized sources of single origin gourmet Arabica coffee beans in the world. Wet processed or washed coffees from the western parts of Ethiopia like Yirgacheffe are heavy, balanced and have a long-lasting body. Their distinctive citrus and flower notes made them a must-have for Tiru Coffee. Discover why the area is well-suited to producing world-class quality coffee beans.

What Makes Yirgacheffe Coffee Unique?

Yirgacheffe coffees are perhaps the most distinctive in the world, and there is a wide variety in tastes even within the region. Most beans from the area are washed or wet processed, but Tiru Coffee uses natural process (unwashed or dry process) beans. 

Yirgacheffe Ethiopian coffee is known for its delicate sweet, citrus and floral notes. It’s often described as tea-like due to its clean, light body.

Discover our Yirgacheffe coffee for yourself or read why we selected it for Tiru Coffee. Learn more about our other regions including Harrar.

Coffee Processing

Much of the coffee grown in Yirgacheffe comes from small farms using traditional methods. This “garden coffee” is typically grown alongside a family’s food and other cash crops like “false banana” trees, whose large leaves provide shade for the coffee plants. Most of the farmers don’t have the equipment and manpower needed to process their coffee, so they join cooperatives to share resources. 

Names for Yirgacheffe

The name comes from an Amharic word and is often seen with different spellings. Yirgachefe, Yergacheffe, Yerga Chefe are often used; however, in the coffee industry the most common spelling is Yirgacheffe.

Yirgacheffe's Culture

As with the rest of Ethiopia, coffee plays an integral part of the culture in Yirgacheffe. Most of the people who live there rely on the coffee industry to support their families. Coffee even plays a part in their language, with many proverbs relating the beverage to life and happiness. 

Coffee Farmers Cooperatives

There are approximately 28 cooperatives in  Yirgacheffe, representing nearly 40,000 farmers and over 60,000 hectares  of garden coffee. These cooperatives offer coffee sourcing and  processing, and they’re part of a union that helps ensure fair wages and  prices.

The Yirgacheffe Coffee Farmers Cooperative  Union’s mission is to promote the development of a sustainable coffee  supply to maximize financial returns to the member cooperatives and  promote the living standards for the member farmers.

Coffee Ceremony

The most widely-known facet of coffee’s role in Yirgacheffe and all of Ethiopia’s culture is the coffee ceremony, a traditional method  of preparing, serving and drinking the beverage with others. Much as we  do in the United States when we meet friends at a coffee shop, the  ceremony is a time for visitors, family and friends to gather and share  stories, sorrows and laughter while enjoying a steaming cup of coffee. 

Location

Yirgacheffe is actually a region, a district and a town. Located in southern Ethiopia, south of Sidamo, it’s part of the Gedeo Zone, which is a woreda (district) in the state of Southern Nations and Nationalities People’s Region (SNNPR). 

Climate

With an elevation of 5,790 – 7,210 feet above sea level, the area has a year-round mild climate which lends itself well to coffee plant growth.