ARICHA - ETHIOPIA
Variety: Kurume, Mixed Heirloom
Altitude: 1950 - 2150 m
Cup: Yuzu, Nectarine, Floral, Black tea
Yirgacheffe is known for its clean, floral and acidity driven washed coffees. The area where this coffee is grown, Gedeo, has, in our experience, some of the most complex and intense coffees in the Yirgacheffe region.
Kurume is one of Ethiopia’s regional landrace varieties from Yirgacheffe. Surveys carried out between 1989 and 1994 help identify local landraces by name. Prior to the 1970’s there was essentially no intentional breeding or variety selection at a national level in Ethiopia; individual farmers selected seeds locally to reproduce their crop. But a devastating epidemic of coffee berry disease in the 1960’s led researchers to establish the Jimma Agricultural Research Center (JARC) and begin cataloging coffee trees that demonstrated resistance to both coffee berry disease and drought as well as producing high yields.