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Ethiopian Organic Yirgacheffe FTO


Starting at $8.25 / lb
As low as $6.50 / lb

Ethiopian Yergacheffe/Yirgacheffe has always been considered one of the fine, heavier-bodied coffees available, but this organic variety seems truly supercharged!

It starts right out of the grinder with an almost overwhelming aroma, an aroma that makes your mouth can hardly wait to get it brewed.

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 your nose gave to your mouth!

LARGE is the one best word to describe the Organic Yirgacheffe. Aroma, body, 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.

Cupping Notes: This is bold - chocolatey with a carmelly texture, heavy fruits, and a sweet honeyness.

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

Coffee Bean Matrix Attributes

  • CountryEthiopia
  • Organic CertificationYes
  • Fair Trade CertifiedYes
  • Rainforest Alliance CertifiedNo
  • ProcessWashed
  • DecaffeinatedNo
  • Altitude (meters)1850-2100 Meters
  • Brightness:4
  • Body:4
  • Aroma:5
  • Complexity:4
  • Balance:4
  • Sweetness:4
  • Spicy:-
  • Chocolaty:heavy bean
  • Nutty:-
  • Fruity:heavy bean
  • Winey:-
  • Earthy:heavy bean
  • RegionIdido, Gedeo Zone, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region
  • VarietyIndigenous Heirloom Cultivars
  • HarvestOctober - February
  • DryingSun Dried on raised beds

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by on March 9, 2018

My wife and I have been drinking Organic Ethiopian Yergacheffe from Coffee Bean Corral for many years now. As far as we are concerned, these beans produce the richest, most flavorful, and elegant cups of coffee that can be had anywhere on this planet! My wife roasts these beans for one to two minutes past the second crack. She then immediately turns off the heat on the roaster, but leaves the fan running to cool the beans and prevent further cracking and loss of oil. Finally, she prepares each cup of Yergacheffe in an Aeropress Coffee Maker, which, we feel, produces a superior cup of coffee to French presses and all other types of coffee makers. These cups of Yergacheffe coffee, in our opinion, are simply superb, and we would not dream of starting and ending each day without them! Thank you, Coffee Bean Corral !!!

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by on March 14, 2018

I am new to roasting and getting consistancy is my lesson yet to be mastered. I can't wait until I get a real roaster. That being said, this bean is my favorite so far of 6 I've tried. Love the flavor of this bean. Can taiste the regional qualities strong throught a medium roast but something magical happens just going to 2nd crack or just past 2nd crack. Let it sit and degas 3-7 days and it not only keeps a bit of that regional flavor, the bightness drops just a tad and it seems to double in body - a wonderfully full cup from aroma to aftertaste! I am enjoying my roasting experience so far!

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by on May 23, 2018

By far the best all round roasting bean we've found. We love the full body and complex flavor/aroma of this bean. We try other beans both from Africa and Central/South America. We keep coming back to the Organic 'Yergi'.

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by on October 6, 2018

Great product. Coffee is as much about the roast as it is about the bean. Which is why I have roasted my own for years. The problem is it ruins you from the commercial coffee houses-can't stand Starbuck's and the rest-they burn their coffee which is why customers buy the Frappachinos (what ever they are called) etc.

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by on September 12, 2018

Absolute Dynamite. What is there to say that hasn't already been said?.. Ethiopian yirgacheffe is absolutely delicious.

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by on August 14, 2018

I've been roasting for about ten years and like this the best of beans I've tried. I haven't noticed any "blueberry" aroma that one review mentions, but that may be because I roast every 2-3 days and keep roasted beans in the freezer to solidify the oils so they grind better. I like buying fair traded coffee to avoid supporting child or slave labor.

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by on September 6, 2015

A complex and smooth coffee. A bit of chocolate, some citrus fruit notes, and a touch of earthiness. Roasted just before 2nd crack and it's great.

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by on March 14, 2019

After reading all the positive reviews I decided to try this product out. The first batch did not come out right, as it was too chaffy and brewed weak and light. I figured this was due to stopping my roast just at first crack conclusion. So I just finished my second and final batch taking this to second crack. Chaffiness was gone, brewing was much better and darker. Taste is okay, nothing to get me excited. So bottom line, roast this to at least second crack.

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by on September 16, 2018

My first ever roast... Very malty, biscuity, and earthy. Kinda woody, peppery, and herby at the end. Touch of tangerine on the finish too. Rustic. Roasted to some where around Full City. want to try it darker, and lighter roasts.

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by on November 28, 2007

A very bright, bold and untamed Yerg. A virtual runaway freight train of flavor that might have some looking to tame it down a taste by adding some Indonesian to the mix....You will be getting your moneys worth of intense flavor!

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by on July 28, 2006

I'm new to home roasting, but have tried a number of coffees. This one is one of my favorites, roasted to the beginning of second crack and prepared in a press pot this was an amazing cup. Not as chocolatey as the Brazil Sul de Minas, and not as bold as the Timor Organic Maubesse (not much is) but VERY smooth and more balenced than either.

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by on April 4, 2019

I am new to roasting coffee. Ethiopian Yergacheffe is the second bean I've ever roasted and I love it. I'm sticking with it. It is good almost anyway its roasted, but my favorite is just as the second crack in ending. Then the coffee is smooth and kind in your mouth with deep rich flavors.

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by on April 3, 2019

This is a great coffee. Everyone should include this in their sampling- quite likely to end up being your favorite pick,,,,,,,

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by on March 24, 2019

To be ckear, I have not roasted this as a regular drinkinging coffee yet. Purchased a pound to use as oart of a blend for a dark roast. It is in my perfect blend for dark roast, used for espresso and etc. 50% Brazilian, 25% Kenyan and 25% Sumatra. Technically, these should be all roasted separately rhen blended, but I roasted them all together. I am a popcorn popper roaster (love it), used 4 ounces of Brazillian, 2 ounces of Kenyan and 2 ounces of Sumatra for a 1/2 pound single roasting and it is incredible!

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by on March 18, 2019

Aroma is peppery, floral (think dried roses vs. fresh-cut jasmine/deep vs. bright), with appreciable hues of chocolate and dried fruit. Body is bold, balanced and heavy. Flavor is both sweet and spicy, bearing an undeniable presence of fruit (figs, dates, dried berries/not citrus), with noticeable traces of chocolate and honey. Finish is long but not unbalanced. This bean roasts well and uniformly. Even at a light roast, the color is rich and fairly dark. Great bean to pair with an afternoon dessert, or as a treat on its own, but this would not be my go-to morning or afternoon cup. This one is an experience in itself, but it could become cloying if overdone.

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by on March 1, 2019

Great aroma

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by on February 2, 2019

Very Good coffee. First time trying African blends. I still like Caribbean coffee better, but this is still a good one. Roasted medium roast and it is still strong.

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by on January 24, 2019

I tried both light roast (stopped before second crack) and medium roast (20 seconds into the second crack). I found that I like the light roast much better, since the delicate flavor of this coffee is mostly gone with medium roast.

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by on January 22, 2019

So far of the three I’ve trie, this is my favorite! Smooth flavor. Just a hint of sweetness. Love it!

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by on January 11, 2019

This is my go-to coffee bean. Nothing, out of all my green purchases from various places, compares to the consistency and flavor of this bean. I roast this just past the second crack and push into cooling mode on a a Behmor 1600 plus. The result? A powerhouse bean that mixes incredibly well for milk-based drinks (a tiny splash of heavy cream for me after pressing in Aeropress). The result? Velvety smooth coffee that is a tremendous mixture of an earthy chocolate and slight fruity aftertaste. Acidity is extremely low at this roast profile and I have never had anyone drink this that didn't declare it was their favorite coffee bean. No matter how much I try, I can never get into a home brewed or pressed "fruity" yirgacheffe due to the acidity. However, pushed through a high-end commercial machine at many boutique coffee shops like Heart Coffee here in Portland, absolutely. At home though, this bean is the most consistent. I have NEVER gone wrong with this bean and it holds up to espresso's (not full of bitterness) and milk-based drinks. IT IS INCREDIBLE!

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by on December 5, 2018

These beans definitely produce an absolutely amazing cup of coffee! Highly recommended! We roast to a medium dark and prepare it in a stovetop espresso maker, WOW!

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by on December 3, 2018

I am pretty new to roasting. This bean gives me everything I want in my coffee. I will need to experiment with different levels of roast. I bought extra to give to friends so I'll see what they think.

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by on November 26, 2018

I purchased 4 and so far this is my favorite one. I love the full flavor

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by on October 30, 2018

Organic Ethiopian Yergacheffe has proven to be the most smooth, flavorful bean I have yet to buy from Coffee Bean Corral. I actually have been buying Ethiopian and Brasilian from them for about 5 years. I think I have found my forever bean. I do not see me switching anytime soon. I love buying in bulk and getting a discount that nearly covered my shipping cost. I appreciate that my order was delivered within a couple days. Now back to my couffefe... Thanks to you!!

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by on September 27, 2018

Tasty, clean, very little chaff, nice taste, one of my favorite beans

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by on September 6, 2018

I don't know how to describe it but this brewed the best cup I have ever had.

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by on September 4, 2018

Just brewed some and I like it. I held off because of the poor 7/18 review; I think I know that "berry musty" trait because I have 10 pounds of "org Yergacheffe" that I bought from somewhere else last year -- I also noticed that trait from the org Bali Kintamani Natural I got from here a month ago; so if you like that musty berry trait try out the Bali. FWIW I think that trait fades over time because I just brewed that old Yergacheffe bean and it isn't as pungent as it was a year ago. I'm going to corral some more of this org Yergacheffe and store some for the winter!

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by on August 26, 2018

Full body. and tons of flavor!

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by on August 14, 2018

My first time roasting Yergacheffe and it was spectacular! All that it was advertised to be. City Roast yields the best, most delicate flavors. Delivery was super fast.

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by on August 1, 2018

We use to buy store bought. But NOT NO MORE. This coffee is so smooth and we have had no after taste. Just Wonderful. I will buy again and again. One other important thing for us. We use to have to buy and use a 1/2 gallon of milk a day making latte. We don't have to use much milk at all. We only use (1) 1/2 gallon a week. Now to many that's maybe not important. But to us, we able to buy our own green beans and roast them ourselves. Taking full advantages of nutritional values drinking within 7-10 days. We love the coffee beans here.

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by on April 29, 2018

A favorite for many years! I roast mine about 30 seconds past the end of first crack ending.

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by on December 31, 2014

Home roaster for roughly 3 years now answer this is in my top 5 of all time. Usually roast this to a full city and I consistently get a prominent citrus note. I go for the atypical brews and this is delicious. Just ordered 5 more pounds.

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by on December 2, 2007

We're new to roasting, and picked out a few far, this is the bean that has really stood out to us. I'm no expert, but it's easy to work with, and all of our friends have liked it very much. We're roasting it this year for Christmas and giving it away as presents!

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by on February 11, 2007

Just pulled a duoble shot of this ....mmm. Got this one at the top of my list Dave

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by on July 18, 2018

I typically stay away from Ethiopian coffees because of rot problems. It's that "blueberry" smell/taste. Many people see it as an attribute. I see it as a flaw. I've been roasting for ten years and occasionally I'll find a bean that has or develops this taste/smell if I hold it for a while after roasting. Sometimes you'll find it immediately after roasting. People I've educated on this smell then recognize it as well. I've found it in coffees from all areas of the world including Central American, South America and Africa. It's especially prevalent in Ethiopian and Yemen coffees. I got a pound of this Yergacheffe b/c of the rave reviews. But, this funky taste and smell is there. To me, it's not "elegant" or "complex". Interestingly, coffee roasters and enthusiasts may disagree with me on this and think I'm mission the charm of such a coffee. But, to me, it's a fatal flaw and I'll probably be throwing it into the trash.

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by on September 21, 2018

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