Ethiopia Dry Process Gr. 1 Yirga Cheffe Aricha

Ethiopia Dry Process Gr. 1 Yirga Cheffe Aricha

Farm Description

This is our selection from one station in the Aricha kebele in the Yirga Cheffe area. There are two coffee stations in close proximity here, and Koke is just up the road, very close to Yirga Cheffe town. The great thing with Aricha is Sweet Maria's has first selection of coffee from here, so I was able to choose this juicy lot while cupping in Ethiopia back in January. There's other Aricha coffee (it is an area east of Yirga Cheffe town, so I suppose a lot of coffees can borrow the name). But this is the actual Aricha station, and this is the nicest lot I could find from here ...and it is very, very nice. It's a dry-processed coffee with intense fruited character, body and sweetness, and has received extra care in preparation (Grade 1) to exclude under-ripe coffee cherries. Dry-processing means that the coffee was not pulped (the outer skin removed) and fermented to remove the fruity mucilage layer. In dry processing, the coffee cherry is picked and laid out in raised "beds" in the sun, turning the red fruit to a deep brown color over the course of two weeks. After a storage period, the coffee seed is hulled out in one step, removing all the dried skin, fruit and parchment layers at the same time. The Aricha was prepared to the standards for Grade 1, which means removing over-ripe and under-ripe cherries that can be seen in the final green coffee as with either shiny green silverskin coating the bean, or fermenty sour beans. This extra work improves the overall cup quality and consistency in roasting.

This coffee is part of our Farm Gate pricing program.

Cupping Notes

This is a very fragrant coffee! It's a coffee you can smell throughout the house when you grind it. The fragrance has strong fruit scents of tropical flowers, passion fruit, dried peaches and mango, as well as mixed berry fruit salad. The sweetness has dried apricot, custard and caramel. Adding hot water, the aromas are in the same vein, intense fruits and strong sweetness; lychee, berries, stone fruits, candied almonds. The cup is remarkable, with a berry syrup fruit character, cinnamon toast, pineapple and ripe citrus brightness, and a sweet butter finish. With a darker roast treatment there are black currants and blueberry notes that emerge, with a drinking cocoa finish at Full City level. The list of flavors we had from our test samples is too long to list; it's a complex coffee that inspires many, many descriptors. The general groupings involved syrupy fruited flavors, complex sugar-browning sweetness, some pleasantly bittering cocoa notes.. It's a fantastic cup if you like fruited dry-processed coffees.



Lot Size

100 x 46 KG Bags

Roast Recommendations

This coffee works at a wide range of levels from City to Full City + or darker, but the brighter jam-like fruited sweetness is going to be found with a well-developed lighter roast, around City+, and well before the coffee enters 2nd crack. That said, we loved FC roast too.


Dry Process


Heirloom Varietals    

Grade & Appearance

Grade 1; .6 d/300 grams; 15-18 Screen


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Sorting coffee on raised beds at Aricha Station

Sorting coffee cherry, Aricha

They use jute to protect coffee at Aricha

The warehouse, in Amharic, Aricha


#1 Pineapple Upside-down Cake

Sipping a short 12hr rested first roast first cup of the morning Americano that as it's cooling reminds me of Pineapple Upside-down Cake. Excellent sweet clean Natural Processed cup. Not as much a deep fruit bomb, more delicate yet dynamic refined crisp articulate exciting tropical fruit bomb.

Guesstimating first batch for 6lb post roast loaded 7.10 lb greens yielding
6.06 lb USRC 3k charged 460f roasted to 425f start of 1st 11:45 drop 14:34.
Finish target was 14:30, not too shabby a first roast using slightly tweaked automated profile for current production DP Eth, as in spot on :-)

#2 Strawberries

It actually smells like we're making strawberry jam in the shop when this thing is in the hopper. A hands-down favorite for our customers. One of our long time regulars (about 6 years) said that this instantly became his favorite coffee we've ever offered... he isn't wrong!

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