Starbucks Launches New Reserve® Ethiopia Sun-Dried Yirgacheffe™


Starbucks Launches New Reserve® Ethiopia Sun-Dried Yirgacheffe™

Coffees from Ethiopia are considered by many coffee enthusiasts to be some of the best coffees in the world. It is the birthplace of coffee and so much diversity within the Arabica species exists. The story of these beans begins over 6,000 feet above sea level where the perfect melding of sun, air and soil contributes to enticing flavors. Once harvested, they are carefully dried on raised beds, absorbing the sweet juiciness of the ripe fruit surrounding them to deliver a wild burst of berry with every sip. The majority of Ethiopian coffees are generally washed, yet from time to time naturally processed coffees can become available and can showcase unique flavors that allow us to explore what is so unique and special about this place.

“Our Sun-Dried Ethiopia Yirgacheffe™ is a fantastic example of when everything works right. Generally speaking, naturally processed coffees have an element of risk associated with them, due to the potential to develop off-flavors. Consistent quality, flavor intensity, and defects keep us from introducing them more often. Remember, the coffee fruit actually dries completely on the bean, so it takes much more searching to discover a truly incredible sun-dried coffee, but is well worth the hunt. That wild unpredictability is also what we love and why we are always searching for that amazing flavor that only comes from sun-dried Ethiopian coffees.” Leslie Woldford, green coffee specialist.

You will not find the crazy flavors of blueberries and chocolate that have become synonymous with coffees from the neighboring district of Harrar here, but sweet berry fruits and cherry candy that is both juicy in flavor. Processed at the Aricha wet mill in the village of Aricha, this coffee show sits wild complexity in a natural way. A must-have for any Sundried Ethiopian coffee fan.

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