Where is your Coffee Grown?
Do you know where your Coffee comes from? Most of us enjoy Coffee without knowing the “roots of our coffee,” so to speak. Good Coffee can often be the difference between a good morning start and a “so-so” start.
In this blog, you will be learning where our Coffee is grown, and a few other things that influence the Coffee during its production. We hope that this blog will help you select the perfect blend for yourself.
One thing to note is that Ethiopian Coffee is named after the region it grows in. For instance, some of the areas where Coffee is grown include Sidamo, Yirgacheffe, and Limu regions.
Also known as Arabian Coffee, is the world’s most dominant coffee species taking a 60% global production rate.
Arabica comes from the coffee Arabica bean. Initially, it was crushed by people of the Oromo tribe and eaten as a stimulant.
However, its name is believed to have come about as a result of the bean being taken to lower Arabia from Ethiopia.
Below are a few of our Arabica coffees.
1. Sidamo coffee
This type of Coffee is grown in the highlands of the Sidamo Province in Ethiopia. The Sidamo coffee
trees are grown at elevations starting from 1,500 meters up to 2,200 meters above sea level.
Due to the high elevation, the Sidamo beans qualify as Strictly High Grown (SHG) / Strictly Hard Bean (SHB). Also, due to the altitude, the coffee tree growth is slow; this leads to more absorption of nutrients, which in turn leads to the Coffee having a rich flavour.
2. Yirgacheffe coffee
Yirgacheffe is a type of Coffee grown in a small area called Yirgacheffe (also spelt Yirgachefe, Yergacheffe, or Yerga Chefe)
within the broader region of Sidamo in southern Ethiopia.
The Yirgacheffe coffee tree is grown in altitudes ranging from 1700 meters to 2200 meters above sea level. The bean has been described as having a light-medium body. However, just like other types of Coffee within the Sidamo region, Yirgacheffe has a robust fruity flavour.
3. Lima coffee
The Lima coffee is grown in southwest and south-central Ethiopia. Lima is just a market name. The Coffees growing altitude ranges from 1100 meters to 1900 meters above sea level leading to a green and medium-sized bean.
It has been described as pleasantly sweet with spicy flavours.
4. Bebeka coffee
The Bebeka coffee name comes from the farm on which the Coffee grows. The farm is located southwest of Mizan-Teferi and is Ethiopia’s largest and oldest Coffee plantation. The 10,000-hectare plantation produces around 15,000 quintals of Arabica coffee annually.
Bebeka coffee is grown at altitudes ranging from 950 meters to 1500 meters above sea level. The bean is light-grey and large with pointy ends.
The Coffee is processed using the washing method and is well known for its pleasant, smooth aftertaste.
The Robusta type of Coffee comes from the Coffea canephora bean. It comes in second in popularity after Arabica coffee.
While its origins are upland forests in Ethiopia, it also grows in central and western Africa.
The following are some of our Robusta products.
1. Djimmah coffee
Also known as Jimma, it comes from the Illubabor and Kaffa regions of Ethiopia.
Djimmah Coffee is grown at high altitudes; from 1800 meters to 2200 meters above sea level. The majority of the Coffee is grown under thick forest areas.
Some types of Djimmah have naturally adapted to the growing conditions in the areas where they grow.
The adaptation makes them more disease resistant.
Djimmah is handpicked and then dry or wet-processed. The Coffee has been described as having a chocolate-like flavour.
2. Lekempti Coffee
The Lekempti Robusta coffee is grown in the town of Lekempte (or Nek’empte) west of the capital Addis Ababa.
The growing altitude is between 1500 meters to 2100 meters above sea level. The taste has been described as fruity with a caramel aroma and a hint of vanilla.
Lekempti coffee has mild acidity that combines well with its clean exotic aftertaste.
3. Tepi Coffee
Tepi is a type of Coffee that is grown in Tepi (or Tippi) town in southern Ethiopia. It is grown on altitudes ranging from 1,100 meters to 1,900 meters above sea level.
The Tepi Coffee Plantation – the second-largest coffee plantation in Ethiopia, is known for producing vast quantities of Tepi coffee.
The Coffee has been described as having a citrus flavour with a mild to medium acidity.
In summary, you have learned that;
- The names of the various types of Coffee come from the areas in which they grow.
- There are two significant types of Coffee in the world; Arabica and Robusta.
Under Arabica, our products include;
- Sidamo; grown in the Sidamo province
- Yirgacheffe; grown in Yirgacheffe
- Lima; grown in Southwest Ethiopia
- Bebeka; grown in Bebeka coffee plantation
Under Robusta, our products include;
- Djimmah; grown in Kaffa and Illubabor
- Lekempti; grown in the town of Lekempte
- Tepi; grown in Tipi town.
Now that you know where we get our Coffee, what is your favourite type of Coffee? Tell us by leaving a comment.