“Lemisale” is a word in Amharic (the official language in Ethiopia) meaning “exemplary” and that’s just what this coffee is. Being bought through the Ethiopian Commodities Exchange, the traceability back to a particular mill or cooperative is extremely limited. While an elaborate story about where a coffee comes from can be intriguing and add to the experience, there are benefits of coffee sold through the exchange. Farmers receive prompt payment for delivery of their coffee, and often are paid a premium for better quality cherries. In addition, there is abundant access to information for the farmers regarding collection and market prices for coffee. The exchange also helps to stabilize prices, as previously big dips in the going rate for coffee would make it unprofitable for many of Ethiopia’s small holding farmers (who own less than 2 acres of land). In any case, this coffee is a prime example of what great coffee from Yirgacheffe can be: crisp, light, sweet and flavorful.

Tasting Notes

brown sugar, lemon candy, apricot

  • Cup Profile - light, crisp, sweet
  • Country of Origin - Ethiopia
  • Growning Region - Yirgacheffe
  • Cultivars - native heirlooms
  • Processing - washed process
  • Elevation - 1875+ masl


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