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Gersay Beyou Yirgacheffe Grade 1

Grown in the well-known Yirgacheffe region of Ethiopia, this coffee comes from a collection of smallholder producers in the area of Gersay.
Coffee is a family crop – grown by households within small gardens, on less than one hectare of land. Producers line their homes with coffee trees, and it is the primary source of income. It is common for producers to intercrop enset, the Ethiopian banana, avocados, and papaya to have additional food sources.

  • Farm Gersay Beyou Yirgacheffe
  • Varietal 74165
  • Process Fully washed
  • Altitude 1,914 meters above sea leve
  • Region SNNPR, Gediyo, Gersay
  • Owner Various smallholder producers
  • Tasting Notes Delicate jasmine florals, raisins, brown sugar and oolong black tea.
  • Farm Size Less than 1 hectare on average
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Gersay Beyou Yirgacheffe Grade 1

Yirgacheffe is actually part of the Gedeo Zone, Southern Nations region, in southern Ethiopia, but its exquisite, washed coffees are so well-known that is has been sub-divided into its own micro-region. This steep, green area is both fertile and high – much of the coffee grows at 2,000m and above.

At first glance, Yirgacheffe’s hills look thickly forested – but in fact, it is a heavily populated region, and the hills are dotted with many dwellings and villages’ growing what is known as ‘garden coffee’. There are approximately 26 cooperatives in the region, representing some 43,794 farmers and around 62,004 hectares of garden coffee. The production is predominantly washed, although a smaller number of sundried coffees also come out of Yirgacheffe.

About Ethiopia

Ethiopia, widely acknowledged as the birthplace of coffee (to the chagrin of Yemen and Sudan, who have also laid claim), produces some of the most exceptional and dramatic coffees found anywhere in the world. From the bright bergamot and floral Yirgacheffe to the ripe fruit notes of Harrar, the unique flavours offered by this spectacular country have, over the last 10 years, become some of the most sought after in specialty coffee.