Yirgacheffe zone

Gedeo is a zone found within the state of SNNPR (short for; Southern Nations and Nationalities People’s Region). Yirgacheffe zone is, in fact, the Gedeo zone – the official name of this area. Coffee from Gedeo is labeled and sold as Yirgacheffe – which in fact is a woreda (district) within the Gedeo zone. But to not meddle with industry terms, we will continue to use, and classify, coffee from Gedeo as Yirgacheffe coffee.

Woredas of Yirgacheffe

Yirgacheffe is divided into six woredas, namely: Wenago, Kochere, Yirgacheffe, Gedeb, Bule, and Dilla Zuria. West of Yirgacheffe, you find Gelana and Abaya. These two woreda’s are part of the Borena zone, but coffee cherries harvested in these areas are classified as Yirgacheffe’s.

The route to Yirgacheffe, which passes through places like Awassa, Yirga Alem, and Dilla, is well-known to green coffee buyers who seek high-quality coffee. Download the map to get a comprehensive view of the Yirgacheffe zone.

The Yirgacheffe flavor profile

Yirgacheffe is home to the most elusive and complex profiles Ethiopia has to offer. That is the main reason why this small zone has profiled itself so well within the global coffee market. A sought-after taste.

It is here that, Trabocca’s founder, Menno Simons discovered the alluring richness, and potential, of Ethiopian coffee. ‘This is the champagne-region of the coffee world’ he explains.

Typical coffee from Yirgacheffe has a bright pointy citric acidity, and well-bodied, balanced cup of mocha combined with flowery, spicy elements and an array of fruit flavors. A layered and complex wheel of taste. Yirgacheffe is known for its washed coffees but is gaining reputation with fruity balanced naturals, as well.

Coffee cultivation and processing

Yirgacheffe coffee is grown by small-holders whom each own 0,25 to 2 hectares of land. We call this the garden production system. Meaning that the small-holder grows his crop under the shade of false banana and other nitrogen crops.

The Co-operatives, washing and drying stations are the collection points where all cherries are gathered for processing.

Our origins, as a green buyer, are entwined with Yirgacheffe. Through the years we have created several quality-oriented supply chains with producers like Daniel Mijane (Worka Sakaro washing station), Masreshu Sima (Reko washing station), and the countless members of the Adado Co-operative.