Welcome to another captivating chapter in our "Meet the Farms" series, where we delve into the origins of your favorite Red Bay Coffee blends. Today, we take you on a journey to Ethiopia's Southern Sidamo region, the enchanting Yirgacheffe. This land is not only known for consistently producing high-quality coffees but is also the birthplace of our cherished King's Prize roast. Join us as we explore the story behind this exceptional coffee, where tradition, meticulous farming, and a landrace known as Heirloom create a flavor profile like no other.
Yirgacheffe: The Heart of Ethiopian Coffee:
Nestled within Ethiopia's Southern Sidamo region, Yirgacheffe is celebrated for its lush coffee landscapes and consistent delivery of exceptional coffee beans. It's a place where the landrace variety, known as Heirloom, thrives. A landrace, a locally adapted and traditional variety of a species, evolves over time, adapting to its natural and cultural environment. In the case of coffee, these landrace varieties, originating from Ethiopia's forests, are associated with remarkable cup quality but often lower yields. The genetic diversity of these varieties means a beautiful diversity of flavors in every cup.
Small Share Farmholders: Guardians of Quality:
Most farmers in Yirgacheffe cultivate less than 5 hectares of land. They follow traditional farming methods and often intercrop with food crops, nourishing the soil. As a result, the coffee grown here flourishes without the use of chemical fertilizers or pesticides. The manual systems of cultivation, harvest, and drying ensure that the coffee retains its purity and natural flavors.
The Idido Washing Station: Where Magic Happens:
At the heart of Yirgacheffe's coffee production lies the Idido Washing Station, where coffee cherries are transformed into the beans that make up our King's Prize roast. Cherries are selectively handpicked and meticulously sorted upon arrival to ensure only the best beans make their way to the drying beds. The station's focus on traceability ensures that each batch of beans can be tracked from farm to cup, upholding the highest standards of quality.
King's Prize Roast: A Taste of Yirgacheffe:
Our King's Prize roast is a single-origin delight that encapsulates the flavors of Yirgacheffe. With tasting notes of white peach, honeysuckle, and melon, each sip is a journey through this unique coffee-growing region. It's not just a beverage; it's an experience that brings the heart of Ethiopia to your cup.
King's Prize Roast is more than just coffee; it's a tribute to the dedicated farmers, the rich heritage of Yirgacheffe, and the landrace variety, Heirloom. As you savor each cup, remember the hands that nurtured the coffee and the traditions that breathe life into each bean.
Stay tuned for more stories from our "Meet the Farms" series, where we celebrate the incredible partners behind Red Bay Coffee's exceptional offerings.