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Yirgacheffe Idido Grade 2 Fully Washed

Yirgacheffe is actually part of the Gedeo Zone, Southern Nations Nationality and people’s region (SNNP), 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.’ This is when families grow coffee on small plots of land surrounding their homes. 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 natural sundried coffees also come out of Yirgacheffe.

  • Farm Idido Station
  • Varietal Local landraces
  • Process Fully washed
  • Altitude 2,000 to 2,200 meters above sea level
  • Town / City Idido
  • Region Yirgacheffe, SNNP
  • Owner Various smallholder producers
  • Tasting Notes Honey, Lemon, White Peach
  • Farm Size Less than 1 hectare
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Yirgacheffe Idido Grade 2 Fully Washed

There is only one main harvest a year in Ethiopia – this usually takes place in November and December across all of the country’s growing regions. After each producer contributing coffee to this lot harvest the cherries, they are delivered to the washing station where they are de-pulped and washed before being dispersed on raised beds. The coffee remains here for 15 – 20 days until the ideal moisture content is reached. The coffee is then hulled and prepared for export.

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.