Our Ethiopian Yirgacheffe started out in the small town of Adado in the famed Yirgacheffe region.
Smallholder farmers here selectively hand-picked their best crop, taking it to the nearby milling station for processing.
At this point the coffee cherries were handed over to Legu Trading, who paid a premium to the farmers. Legu Trading then processed the beans, milling and drying them on raised parchment beds. From here, the coffee was packaged ready for shipping.
As a region, Yirgacheffe faces widespread poverty. Many farmers cannot afford enough land to get by on the revenue from coffee alone, and this can compromise quality. In order to address this, Legu Trading hires 300 local farmers to work in their mills and processing facilities, with this number doubling in the high season. This approach is changing lives, and has also seen quality increase significantly.
Best enjoyed as a filter coffee, this Ethiopian Yirgacheffe is mild and fruity, with floral notes and hints of black tea and lychee.
And as with all our retail coffee packs, 10% of the profits from this bag go back to farmers.