Premium Ethiopian Coffee | Top Importer in the USA

Highland Heritage Coffee: Premier Importer of Exceptional Ethiopian Beans

Types of Ethiopian Coffee by Region

Ethiopia Is The Birthplace Of The Arabica Coffee Bean, And Its Coffee Environment Is Exceedingly Complex. Coffee Is Classified As Either Natural Or Washed, Depending On The Place Where It Was Cultivated (Often In The Same Region).

Ethiopian Yirgacheffee ይርጋጨፌ

 

Growing Altitude1,800 – 2,100 meters above sea level
Arabica Variety:Ethiopian Heirloom
Harvest Period:October – December
Milling Process:Washed or Sundried
Aroma:Floral, Sweet
Flavor:Complex, Fruity, Floral, Lemon
Body:Medium to Light
Acidity:Sweet, Citric, Soft
Grades Available:1, 2
Background

Yirgacheffe is a micro district (or “woreda,” a “administrative division of Ethiopia”) in the Gedeo Zone of southern Ethiopia. The Gedeo zone, located in Ethiopia’s Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR), is recognized for producing well-balanced cups with nuanced flavors and acidity.

Yirgacheffe is located in the Gedeo Zone, between 1,800 and 2,100 meters above sea level. Because coffee is grown at high altitudes and in specific methods, this woreda has much lush green foliage under the forest canopy, which provides optimal growing conditions for coffee plantations. The Yirgacheffe region produces Ethiopia’s most complex characteristics, with wet-processed Yirgacheffe coffee accounting for most Yirgacheffe coffee. However, organically dried beans from this region are gaining popularity.

Some of the best Yirgacheffe coffees have qualities similar to the best Sidamo coffees. Among these features are fruit flavors, sharp acidity, and a smooth, clean mouth feel. The acidity is sharp, and a lemony flavor and incredible sweetness frequently accompany it. Another distinguishing feature of this coffee is its light body and herbaceous flavor.

Ethiopian Sidamo Coffees ሲዳሞ

Growing Altitude1,550 – 2,500 meters above sea level
Arabica Variety:Ethiopian Heirloom
Harvest Period:October – December
Milling Process:Full Washed
Aroma:Floral, Citrus, Cocoa
Flavor:Herbal, Lemony
Body:Soft yet smooth body
Acidity:Citrusy and Bright
Grades Available:2
Background

The Sidamo Zone is located in Ethiopia’s Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples Region (SNNPR) and is called for the Sidama people. The Sidamo zone, with a population of over 3.2 million, is the country’s biggest producer of green coffee beans. The famous Great Rift Valley, which spans across Ethiopia and Kenya, is home to the coffee-growing districts of Sidamo. Many farmers in Sidamo produce their unique varietals in undeveloped areas near their homes. They’ll pick the coffee cherries and transport them to processing facilities, combining mixed heirlooms that give Sidamo coffee its incredible depth.

Northeast of Lake Abaya and southeast of Lake Awasa is the Sidamo zone. The climate varies by altitude above sea level throughout the area, with most of the land being fertile. With an elevation of 1,500 – 2,500 meters above sea level, warm conditions cover more than half of the region. The hot temperature zone of Kolla accounts for 30% of the area, with the hilly highlands accounting for the remaining Sidamo Zone.

Sidamo offers a wide range of coffee flavors and a selection of washed and unwashed grades. Varieties of soil, microclimates, and coffee tree varietals contribute to a kaleidoscope of flavors. This is also why it’s tough to assign Sidamo coffee cupping notes.

Ethiopian Jimma Limmu Coffee ሊሙ

Growing Altitude1,750 – 2,550 meters above sea level
Arabica Variety:Ethiopian Heirloom
Harvest Period:August – December
Milling Process:Washed
Aroma:Melon and Soft florals
Flavor:Wine and Spicy, Fruit-tones
Body:Well-balanced body
Acidity:Mild, Citric acidity
Grades Available:2
Background

The Illubabor and Jimma zones are two adjacent zones where this coffee may be found, with Limu being the term given to this particular flavor of coffee. The Jimma zone is named after the old Kingdom of Jimma and is located in Ethiopia’s Oromia Region. The Illubabor zone can also be found in Ethiopia’s Oromia region, west of Jimma and along the Sudanese border. Most Ethiopian coffee is grown in Oromia, the country’s largest of nine regional states. Coffee is also thought to have been discovered about 1000 years ago in western Oromia, specifically in the ancient Kingdom of Kaffa.

High altitude; rich, well-drained (and mostly volcanic) soils; a tropical environment with a nine-month rainfall period; and moderate year-round temperatures between 15 and 24 degrees Celsius describe Oromia’s growing zones, which are perfect for arabica.

Limu coffee is divided into two categories by the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX) based on the growing zone. Category A refers to Jimma coffee in woredas like Goma, Limu Kossa, Limu Seka, and others. Coffee from Illubabor, found in woredas such as Gore, Yayu, Metu, and others, is classified as Category B.

Ethiopian Bench Guji Maji Coffee

Growing Altitude1,750 – 2,550 meters above sea level
Arabica Variety:Ethiopian Heirloom
Harvest Period:August – December
Milling Process:Washed
Aroma:Melon and Soft florals
Flavor:Wine and Spicy, Fruit-tones
Body:Well-balanced body
Acidity:Mild, Citric acidity
Grades Available:2
Background

Guji, once part of the Borena Zone and famed for cattle rearing, was ravaged by bushfires over two years (1997 to 1999). Locals soon returned to the area to cultivate it once more. After Borena split up in 2002, it became its zone. Hambela and Odo Shakiso are two popular woredas in Guji.

According to a 2007 census, the Oromo ethnic group accounted for 78.5 percent of the population. They consider their location to be the heart of Oromo culture. The Gada (a system of generation segments or classes that succeeded each other every eight years in acquiring political, military, judicial, legislative, and ritual obligations.) system’s rites, customs, and wisdom are still extensively followed among the people. Aside from that, coffee cultivation is deeply engrained in Guji culture; the two are inseparably linked.

Guji coffee has its terroir in terms of terrain, culture, and flavors while retaining classic qualities such as aromas of sweet peach, maple sugar, and cocoa nibs. With a silky, chocolaty mouthfeel, this coffee has a prominent, robust flavor. Spicy, unique, and fresh words come to mind about this dish. Guji coffees have a complex yet balanced cup profile that works well with filter and espresso machines. Guji used to produce washed and natural, but growers have recently begun selling honey.

ORGANIC & FAIR TRADE COFFEE

These are our best organic & fair trade coffees. Get yours sample today!

Coffee’s history is the only thing more profound and prosperous than its flavor. Ethiopians had hundreds of years of head start in developing the world’s best coffee and made the most of it. You can’t go wrong with Ethiopian coffee when it comes to floral fragrances and fruity flavors.
I’ve included some of the most excellent Ethiopian coffee beans from various Ethiopian coffee styles. I’m confident you’ll discover something to your liking.

Abu Refaw Co-Founder of Coffee Ethiopian Importer in the USA
Ethiopian Green Coffee Beans

Interested on importing Ethiopia coffee?

Coffee has the ability to travel. And we’re here to deliver it safely to your coffee roastery’s front door. Let us know what you’re looking for, and we’ll work together to identify a farmer or beans with the cup profile that best meets your needs. Assuring that your single or blend is exactly what you want.