Wonderful YirgZ is from the same importer's that brings us our Natural Ardi. The Z stands for zero defects. The flavor profile is immaculately clean and floral, with notes of jasmine, lemongrass and sweet red apple.
On an early morning in Yirgacheffe late in the harvest season, workers arrive at the washing station and line up alongside the drying beds. Bundles of washed coffee in parchment are untied and opened wide. Dozens of hands reach into the beans, spreading them out flat to greet the rising sun. Mill managers pay close attention to the weather during the drying process 10-13 days. The coffee is re-covered from 11 am-3 pm, the hottest part of the day, so that the beans not dried out quickly before reaching the desired water activity.
The coffee-growing region of Yirgacheffe is small but fertile, producing some of the world’s most well-known beans. YirgZ takes the classic Yirgacheffe taste profile to the next level by ensuring zero defects. The coffee is rigorously sorted in a process that includes mechanical sorting by size and density, then careful hand sorting that takes three times longer than conventional coffee.
To show appreciation for this work, we pay sorters Three times higher than the average wage. Workers say the extra income helps them support their communities and send their children to school, highlighting the importance of specialty coffee premiums and direct trading practices.