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Ethiopia has all the important elements for growing coffee: the right altitudes, ample rainfall, suitable temperature and very fertile soil. These conditions allow the growing of coffee across the board. Limu coffee from South Western Ethiopia is a premium gourmet coffee and grows at an altitude of 3600-6200 feet. ‘Limu’ is a general term used to indicate coffee that is fully washed processed. Arabica Coffee is planted on about 40,000 hectares of land located in the East, West and South of Addis Ababa the capital of Ethiopia. Eighty percent of Ethiopian exported coffee consists of Arabica Coffee that is naturally sun dried. The remainder is washed as is the Limu. The coffee names are given after the geographical location where they grow, Limu being one as is Harar, Yirgacheffe, Sidamo etc.
Washed Limu coffee is a premium gourmet coffee that is sought after by roasters for producing ‘single origin’ as well as creating unique blends of their own. This is the crème de la crème of Ethiopian washed coffees. The Ethiopian Limu that we have just received in our stock cups as a wonderfully layered and complex bouquet of tastes. It has a floral aroma with a burst of citrus and sweet spice, and a balanced body and leaves you with a chocolate aftertaste. The bean is medium in size and has a distinctive rounded shape and greenish colour. The coffee has the feeling of spring and summer in a cup!