Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Aricha
Aricha is the name of the washing station where this coffee is processed. Edido is the village, or kebele, where this coffee is grown and processed, in a region of Yirgacheffe. Aricha is about 8 kilometers from the center of Yirgacheffe Town.
The soils in this region are red-brown clay soil, about 1.5 meters deep.
One of the unique aspects of Ethiopia’s coffee production is that domestic consumption is very high, because the beverage has such a significant role in the daily lives of Ethiopians. About half of the country’s 6.5-million-bag annual production is consumed at home, with roughly 3.5 million bags exported.
The majority of Ethiopia’s farmers are smallholders and sustenance farmers, with less than 1 hectare of land apiece. In many cases it is almost more accurate to describe the harvests as “garden coffee,” as the trees do sometimes grow in more of a garden or forest environment than what we imagine fields of farmland to look like. There are some large privately owned estates, as well as co-operative society comprising a mix of small and more mid-size farms, but the average producer here grows relatively very little for commercial sale.