Ethiopia Misty Valley Yirgacheffe Natural


Starting at $7.75 / lb
As low as $6.50 / lb
raw green bean Green coffee is raw Roast prior to consumption


Ethiopian Yirgacheffe has always been considered one of the fine, heavier-bodied coffees available, but this seems truly supercharged! It starts right out of the grinder with an almost overwhelming aroma. A lot of coffees stimulate your nose only to let your taste buds down, but not so here: this coffee meets and exceeds the expectations. Large is the one best words to describe the Yirgacheffe. Aroma, body (even in a F-A-B roaster), brightness, and complexity are all so strong that it's like trying to balance a boulder on a nail. Perhaps that's overstating it a bit, but if you're looking for a delicate cup of coffee with a lot of subtle nuances, look elsewhere. This is bold: chocolatey with a carmelly texture, heavy fruits and a sweet honeyness.

I know this is a coffee from the Yirgacheffe region, but I would have been just as certain it was a great Harar blended with an outstanding Yemen blended with an outstanding Yirgacheffe. Fruity notes from banana to blueberry to even a hint of strawberry, dark cocoa, nutmeg, and cinnamon; a hint of floral and nutty notes and surprisingly just a whisper of earthiness. I would say that this is the most complex single origin coffee I've ever had the pleasure of drinking. As such, in my experience a lighter roast that keeps the beans out of second crack will preserve the great complexity.

If you like Ethiopian and Yemen coffee, this is a must try. If you had the pleasure of trying the Misty Valley Idido the first time around, you know exactly what I mean.

Try before you stock up with a 1/2 pound sample!

Coffee Bean Matrix Attributes

  • CountryEthiopia
  • Organic CertificationNo
  • Fair Trade CertifiedNo
  • Rainforest Alliance CertifiedNo
  • ProcessNatural
  • DecaffeinatedNo
  • Brightness:5
  • Body:5
  • Aroma:7
  • Complexity:7
  • Balance:6
  • Sweetness:5
  • Spicy:heavy bean
  • Chocolaty:heavy bean
  • Nutty:medium bean
  • Buttery:-
  • Fruity:heavy bean
  • Flowery:medium bean
  • Winey:heavy bean
  • Earthy:-

People Who Bought This Also Bought

Brilliant acidity, a medium body, and sweet flavors of orange citrus, caramelized sugar, and fine chocolate. It is impeccably balanced with a long, satisfying finish
Chocolatey with a carmelly texture, heavy fruits, and a sweet honeyness.
Shade grown coffee from the Indonesian island previously known as Celebes. This Toraja coffee is the "sleeper" on this site, and our personal favorite.

Write a Review



Customer Reviews

Average Rating

by on January 4, 2008

My wife and I have only been brewing for a year, but we bought this coffee based on the review. We were also stunned by the complexity of the coffee. It was really true that you can taste all of those undertones. We were very very impressed. My wife is a Columbian lover, myself lately into Costa Rican, but we both rank this one in our top three! Get it but don't roast to the second crack as it is better to light roast and let it sit about 4 days.

Was this review helpful?

by on September 7, 2018

This Yirgacheffe lives up to all the 'hype'. Like the other Yirgacheffes we've had over the years, this delivers a full body, complex flavor...From first sip to last. Even as the coffee cools down, it still holds its flavor. For our roasting, we typically take it to ~2 minutes past first crack. Some place between FC and FC+. I agree with the other reviews: you don't want to take this into 2nd crack or beyond. Too much is lost in terms of the complex flavors. One caution: Like with other Ethiopians, there is a lot of chaff. Doesn't effect the flavor, but just be prepared to clean out a lot of chaff from your roaster. ;)

Was this review helpful?

by on July 14, 2019

Very fruity and bright, as I expected from a Yirgacheffe. It was the body and finish that I was disappointed in. I'll go back to the drawing board on this one. Impressive coffee but contains quite a few defects in the bag I got. Cupping it yielded all of the fruit and acidity I expect but odd, nutty popcorn flavors as well.

Was this review helpful?

by on January 10, 2009

This is reall good stuff. After having my first pot I had to order more. Better than the more expensive geshia coffees.

Was this review helpful?

by on January 9, 2020

Part of the sample pack and I used it to learn more about my Hottop K2+ . Roasted it to Full City to see what it do as a dark roast. (Dropped it at 11:24/399F). Let it sit for 3 days. It came out with great body and a unsweetened cocoa aftertaste (very pleasant). Of all the Ethiopia coffees that I have tried from CBC and their competitors, this is the one I like the best. . Based on the other reviews, I will try to do this at a lighter roast level and see where that takes me. I will buy more to share with family & friends. Cheers! DaveCx

Was this review helpful?

by on October 4, 2019

The roast is very easy to manipulate and it roasts to the desired flavor profile. The circus and nutty notes pair well.

Was this review helpful?

by on March 24, 2020

I'm relatively new to home roasting and I use a air popcorn popper. This coffee tastes like none of the other green beans I've sampled so far; it's a very distinct taste with strong blueberry and black cherry notes. It is delicious black. I roast until I hear the beginning of the second crack. Will try to go lighter.

Was this review helpful?

by on March 21, 2020

So far these are my favorite beans that I’ve roasted.

Was this review helpful?

by on March 17, 2020

Tried a 1/2 lb sample. Have now ordered a 5 lb bag. That should tell you that me and my Hive Roaster have found the Blueberry Treasure Pot that er'body is searching for!

Was this review helpful?

by on March 11, 2020

Just recently starting roasting at home and the Misty Valley Yirgacheffe is my favorite thus far! The large uniform beans roast very evenly. Amazing complexity of flavors and aroma.

Was this review helpful?

by on February 18, 2020

Absolutely love this coffee. Very fruity and a great chocolaty body. Easily becoming one of my favorites.

Was this review helpful?

by on January 27, 2020

This coffee is very good, make no mistake about that. The flavors aren’t quite as strong as I am used to but that could be because the bag came with a nice, big hole in it so I’m sure the beans got plenty of oxygen to make them slightly stale.

Was this review helpful?

by on January 5, 2020

Roast these little gems light or medium for a taste of pure goodness. Lighter roasts bring out a strong blueberry muffin tone. Unlike anything else ever. I've been roasting on a small commercial basis for 2 years and these are my favorite beans.

Was this review helpful?

by on December 17, 2019

This is the best coffee on this site. It has been my favorite since I first tasted it. The blueberry undertones make it so delicious!! You will LOVE this coffee, I promise. Give it a try and you will never go back to anything else.

Was this review helpful?

by on November 9, 2019

I love natural processed Yirgacheffe and the sweet berry notes it always has. This one seemed a little more subtle on the berry than some Yirgacheffe beans I’ve had… but also had an incredible honey and graham aftertaste that I loved. This will definitely be a bean I come back for again and again. Roasted in my hot air popper to 30 seconds after the end of first crack. Drank 3 days later as espresso in a latte.

Was this review helpful?

by on August 14, 2019

It had been years since I roasted this coffee. I thought I'd try it again and meh. There are many coffees that appeal to me, this is not one. I guess my palate doesn't find this one as fantastic as other reviewers. I enjoy Indian (Monsoon Malabar in particular), Papua New Guinea, Brazil, and Vietnamese coffees. .

Was this review helpful?

by on May 11, 2019

this Yirgacheffe is amazingly complex yet subtle in its delivery. One of my friend how is an avid coffee drinker says it has geisha like qualities. when roasted on the ligther side of medium. would recommend a slower and gradual approach to roasting these beans.

Was this review helpful?

by on March 9, 2019

This Particular (misty valley Grade 1 natural) notes not at all chocolate but more citrus! Dialed down the roast thru first crack on my second attempt to draw out the deeper tones and to no avail! all citrus and star fruit! Yes, Much Chaff but we it is a given with YC. it does need a bit of time to develop after roast to tone it down, so temper your palate at cupping for @ 60 to 70 hours. Great coffee to use on non rush delivery after roasting or prior to shelf or ship!

Was this review helpful?

by on March 5, 2019

got only the sample size and i was disappointed. Disappointed i only got the sample size lol. i shared it with a bunch of people and one actually commented that it has similar characteristics as so geishas. I don't know if i should take the credit or give all the props to the beans themselves. WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND TRYING IT ON MEDIUM ROAST

Was this review helpful?

by on February 9, 2019

First I took this to 2nd crack, and it was a bitter mess, but at City+ this bean really shines - as others have mentioned. Definitely a keeper!

Was this review helpful?

by on January 7, 2019

Beautiful coffee at city to city+ roast. I find it ordinary roasted darker and somewhat bland lighter. Nice chocolate milk and slight earl grey tea notes. Not sure what anonymous is doing to get fruit bombs out of these Ethiopians, as I find them nicely balanced.

Was this review helpful?

by on October 17, 2018

Ever since the original "Misty Valley" natural (Ethiopia Organic Idido - Misty Valley) exploded onto the market in 2007, I've been trying to find its equal. See, that first experience ruined me forever. It was highly forgiving, yielding intense blueberry notes across a fairly wide range of roasts. That blueberry essence is what I've chased for the last 11 years. I've roasted a hundred or more Ethiopian lots in that time...washed and natural...and never found its rival. I've never found those flavor notes in any washed Yirgacheffe, and hitting them in naturals is incredibly tricky: FC at most, don't push it into second crack, and try to find the sweet spot...which may be no more than 5 seconds in the roast. I've roasted this lot 4 times, brewed it both cold and blueberries. Didn't even feel like I got close. It's good, sure, a nice example of a natural Yirgacheffe, but it's just not my tastes. You may love it. Only way to know is to try it!

Was this review helpful?

by on September 27, 2018

I have tried roasting this bean many different ways and can't seem to find a sweet spot for the roast. Its good, but not $8.25 a pound good. Im roasting it light, but it just never tastes great.. maybe Im doing something wrong.

Was this review helpful?

by on September 24, 2018

Very nice Thanks

Was this review helpful?

by on September 6, 2018

Misty is back! The two batches I already roasted have lived up to my memories. The previous batch was not my favorite but this one is almost back to the full blueberry essence that seemed so strong when this was available as an organic bean, many years ago.

Was this review helpful?

by on February 24, 2008

This is my favorite coffee in the past 2 years. It has an amazing complexity in tastes and you can vary the taste greatly depending on roast. I like a city+ which give the best definition to the fruit tones. Let it rest at least 48hrs

Was this review helpful?

by on February 13, 2019

This is a coffee with a very distinctly unique flavor and may not be for everyone. At first, it took me back a bit and I wasn't sure I liked it at all. I was not about to throw it away though so I decided to give it another try. Second time around it still wasn't what I hoped for until -- sometimes I like to put freshly ground cinnamon with my coffee (Mexican style) -- and THAT did it! In fact, this particular bean seems to go especially well with cinnamon, better than other beans I have used this way. This bean and the cinnamon compliment each other very well. So, whenever I want a "Mexican Cup" [with my huevos rancheros] this is the bean I choose.

Was this review helpful?

by on January 22, 2019

I LOVE this coffee. It is by far my favorite over all the others I have tried. If you want to drink your coffee black and enjoy the flavors, this is the one for you. It’s actually sweet on its own and has the most delicious after taste. I will drink this as long as it exists! Misty Valley is excellent!

Was this review helpful?

by on January 2, 2019

I was concerned about the quality on the 3rd day after roasting. Bat it hit its stride on the fifth day and equaled my first batch. The next batch I will roast an extta minute.

Was this review helpful?

by on November 3, 2018

I tried Vienna and Full City, it's Chocolate, balance, but a little bitter and lack of acidity or fruity. I use pour over with Hario V60 dripper.

Was this review helpful?

by on September 6, 2018

Tired of the store-bought Meahhh...Started roasting again...Really liking this Misty Valley...Needs to rest 2 or 3 days after roasting...Shines in a Chemex.

Was this review helpful?

by on December 9, 2018

Oh my...when it says "heavy fruits," that's an understatement. I should have avoided this one as well as the other Ethiopian. The fruits are here aren't an undertone: they are smack you in the face, overpowering and blows out every other nuance of this coffee: I've never had anything like it...same with the other Ethiopian. I love a winey flavor in coffee such as a top shelf Kenya has but this is absolutely not that. After drinking less than a cup of this and the other Ethiopian, both went in the trash (and I have never once thrown coffee I roasted in the trash). And I agree with hint of even Blueberry...just a sickening, overriding (I guess you can call it) fruitiness that is just flat out nauseating. And I do not know what the issue is with these Ethiopians from CBC...I have roasted many Ethiopians and never had one anywhere near this level of sickening fruit...sorry guys, these are just nasty. Sorry to have wasted the money.

Was this review helpful?

Promotions, New Beans, & Great Flavors

Get a weekly caffeine jolt from Coffee Bean Corral.

Please Wait... processing