The 6 Best Ethiopian Coffee Beans

The Reputation of Ethiopian Coffee

Considered by many to be the birthplace of coffee, it is no surprise that Ethiopia produces some of the finest coffee that the world has to offer. We believe that simply trying some Ethiopian coffee beans will validate this bold claim to any coffee lover. 

Ethiopia Yirgacheffe coffee beans are considered by many to be among the best in the world. While this is true, it is also true that Ethiopia has a lot more to offer than beans from just one coffee growing region. With countless Ethiopian coffee brands to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start when getting in to the world of Ethiopian coffee. We have compiled a list of 6 of the best Ethiopian coffees that we think any coffee lover will enjoy.

Here's a quick summary of our Ethiopian coffee picks.

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Yirgacheffe Birhanu

Ethiopian Coffee Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Birhanu Whole Bean
  • Citric notes & acidity
  • Chocolate aftertaste

Bekama Solinté

Ethiopian Coffee Ethiopia Bekama Solinte Organic Coffee Whole Bean
  • Fruit & Chocolate
  • All natural, Organic, GMO-Free

Wild Sidamo

Ethiopian Coffee Ethiopia Wild Sidamo Coffee Whole Bean
  • Fruit & Berries
  • Mild wine-toned acidity

Yirgacheffe

Ethiopian Coffee Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Coffee Beans Whole Bean
  • Bright Acidity
  • Complex, notes of fruit & wine

Oromia Gomma

Ethiopian Coffee Ethiopia Oromia Gomma Microlot Coffee Whole Bean
  • Vibrant, sweetly-tart acidity
  • Floral & Fruity

Organic Sidamo

Ethiopian Coffee Ethiopia Organic Sidamo Coffee Whole bean
  • Strong blueberry taste
  • Sweet & Creamy

Are you having trouble deciding? If we absolutely had to pick one, it would be Yirgacheffe Birhanu, but all 6 of these coffees are absolutely worth trying. It really depends what you're looking for!


Ethiopian Coffee Regions

Ethiopia is the heavyweight of African coffee, and one of the top coffee producing countries in the world. Several distinct coffee growing regions exist within Ethiopia, each of which carry their own reputations and trademarks.

Perhaps the most well known Ethiopian coffee region is the district of Yirgacheffe. If you've heard of any specific Ethiopian coffee, it's probably this one. Yirgacheffe coffee beans are considered to be some of the best in the world by coffee connoisseurs.

Sick of hearing about Yirgacheffe yet? You'll be happy to know that the Sidamo region has plenty to of other wonderful options to explore, and there are also a number of other lesser known regions of Ethiopia that produce worthy coffee beans. You'll find a varied selection in our list below!

Ethiopian Coffee Map.

When it comes to African coffee, go for the Ethiopian beans!


Ethiopian Coffee Taste Profile

Ethiopian coffee offers a healthy variety in the taste department. You can expect your Ethiopian coffee to be something like this; 

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    Rich & complex flavor
  • Notably bright acidity
  • A variety of fruity notes
  • Intense & complex aroma

Each coffee growing region offers up their own unique spin on this expected Ethiopian profile.

If you are a coffee person, you’ve probably already tried Ethiopian coffee, and you probably already love it.

If you haven’t tried Ethiopian coffee, we think it’s time that you stop denying yourself some of the best coffee in the world.


Coffee Exporters in Ethiopia

Coffee exporters in Ethiopia are of extreme importance to the economy. More than half of Ethiopia's foreign income comes from coffee! Why am I telling you this? A couple of reasons, actually. Firstly, it's kind of interesting, no? Secondly, with such reliance on coffee export, you can be reasonably sure that the coffee quality will be high! Coffee exporters in Ethiopia do not mess around with so much at stake!


The Best Ethiopian Coffee Beans

Regardless of where you stand, here are 6 Ethiopian coffee recommendations that we think both seasoned veterans and coffee amateurs alike are sure to love. These are some of the best Ethiopian coffees available!


1. Yirgacheffe Birhanu Coffee

Roasted By: Cubico Coffee

Roast: Medium

Taste: Complex, lime, floral & dark chocolate notes

We’ll start, of course, with some Yirgacheffe beans. This single origin product is provided by the Birhanu family farm. Ladies and gentleman, it doesn’t get much better than this. A complex array of floral and lime notes are highlighted by the bright citrus-like acidity that Ethiopian coffee is famous for. An almost unexpected, yet seamless transition to a nice chocolate finish makes this one brilliantly complete cup of coffee. There are countless Ethiopian coffee brands out there, but Cubico offers something really special!


2. Bekama Solinté Organic Coffee

Roasted By: Bekama Coffee

Roast: Medium

Taste: Sweet, notes of blueberry, banana & chocolate

This organic coffee comes from Southern Ethiopia, more specifically the district of Amaro, Bekama Solinté. These beans are a great representation of what ‘the rest’ of the Ethiopian coffee regions have to offer. This single origin, organic, GMO-free coffee by Bekama boasts a flavor profile including blueberry, banana and chocolate. A nice, balanced, fruit-toned acidity complements very well. If you’re only familiar with the more well known Ethiopian coffees, this one deserves a try. You won't regret it!


3. Wild Sidamo Coffee

Roasted By: Wild Foods

Roast: Medium

Taste: Rich, notes of fruit & berries

Wild Foods takes an all natural approach to bring you their Wild Sidamo coffee, from, you guessed it, the Sidamo region of Ethiopia. Wild Foods deserves a lot of praise for their ingredient source transparency and their contributions to both Pencils of Promise and World Concern. They also deserve praise for their coffee, especially this particular fruity delight. A rich combination of fruit and berries and a mild but pleasant wine-toned acidity make up the taste profile of these wonderful Sidamo beans. Check out Wild Foods, for this coffee, and for everything else that they do.


4. Yirgacheffe Coffee

Roasted By: Volcanica Coffee

Roast: Medium

Taste: Complex, notes of fruit & wine

If you're to trust one Ethiopian coffee brand, it's probably this one. Volcanica’s Ethiopian Yirgacheffe is a testament to the exceedingly high reputation of the region. A complex combination of fruit and wine with an appropriately bright acidity, and a hint of cinnamon make up this splendid cup. If you’re ever asked if Yirgacheffe beans live up to the hype, simply hand the confused individual a cup of this, and wait for them to be enlightened.


5. Oromia Gomma Microlot Coffee

Roasted By: Cooper's Cask Coffee

Roast: Light

Taste: Complex, floral, fruity, lemon & honey notes

Another entry for ‘the rest’ of the Ethiopian coffee regions, and a strong one at that. This light roast, microlot coffee comes from Gomma, which is located within the Oromia region of Ethiopia. This coffee offers an intense collection of flavors wrapped in a velvety smooth body. Floral, fruit and lemon notes are complemented by a honey-like sweetness and a sweetly-tart acidity that can only be described as vibrant. There is a lot going on in this cup, and it all works together perfectly. This wonderful array of flavors makes for a cup of coffee that is not to be missed by anyone.  


6. Organic Sidamo Coffee

Roasted By: Fresh Roasted Coffee

Roast: Light

Taste: Earthy, notes of blueberry, wine & almond

Another Sidamo here to round out our list. This time a light roasted, organic option by Fresh Roasted Coffee. Earth and wine notes are present within a nice creamy body, that is complemented by a berry-toned acidity. A distinct and sweet blueberry taste dominates this coffee flavor profile, while hints of earth and nuts compliment. This cup is completed by a creamy and sustained finish. This one lives up to the lofty expectation of the Sidamo region. Check it out!


And there you have it, our 6 best Ethiopian coffees. We highly recommend each one of these options to anyone that has yet to try them. 

We’d also like to stress one more time that if you haven’t tried Ethiopian coffee, you really should. You’ll understand why after you try it.

Let us know about your favorite Ethiopian coffees and if there are any specific varieties out there that we need to try!

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I have only had the Fresh Roasted Coffee. I think Cubico sounds amazing, will try!