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Aricha - Yirgacheffe, Ethiopia - Washed

PEACH  |  BLACK TEA  |  LEMONGRASS

Producer: Aricha
Region: Yirgacheffe
MASL: 1950 - 2350
Process: Washed
Varieties: Heirloom
Roasting Profile: Espresso, French Press, 

Please note, if you're selecting 500g, you will receive 2 x 250g bags.


Project Origin has sourced coffee from Ethiopia since 2012 and we never cease to be amazed by the complexity and quality of the beans from this endlessly fascinating country. An amazing combination of beautiful landscapes, passionate producers and nearly unlimited potential, Ethiopia is a truly special place; even more so as the birthplace of coffee. Coffees from Ethiopia are divided into growing regions and then separated by grade and process when they are sold to the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX) or to the exporter.

Yirgacheffe is a “Coffee Growing Area” based on the Commercial Coffee Contracts from the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX). Yirgacheffe is located in the south of Ethiopia and it’s widely considered the birthplace of coffee. Many great coffee lots come from this area as it contains the popular areas of Worka, Koke, Konga, Beloya and the renowned Chelelektu.

In the past, lots purchased from the Yirgacheffe area could not be differentiated by mill eg. Konga or Chelelektu. Government regulations required all coffees from this region to be simply labelled “Yirgacheffe”. However with the recent changes made to the ECX, we are now able to trace some lots back to the town or even specific washing station they were produced. Built next to a school near the town of Wete, this washing station is a great example of a win/win scenario for speciality coffee production and supporting the local community.

When Meseret and Abraham were looking for the site of a new washing station, they chose this spot so that the station could have easy access to electricity (no mean feat in parts of rural Ethiopia). This means that the station can continue processing coffee after sunset, a task often made very difficult at other washing stations.