Ethiopian Varieties

There are more than 2500 heirloom varietals in Ethiopia, usually named after the village where they are cultivated but often remain unknown. The most popular and common are Gesha, Harrar, Yirgacheffe, Djimma, Lekempti among others. Within these cultivars, there are at least 20 different varieties.It is almost impossible to describe and differentiate such a vast number of varieties.

Those grown in southwestern Ethiopia (regions of Yirgacheffe, Sidamo, Gesha) tend to have citrus-floral notes reminiscent of jasmine. On the other hand, the eastern Ethiopian varieties have had to adapt to a dry climate which can be observed by their different structure of beans, branches and leaves. In the cup they are known for intensely fruity and chocolaty flavors.