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Ethiopia, fruity, Harrar Longberry Coffee, unique - | Written by Janice Spencer

Harrar Longberry Coffee - Bursting with Fruity Flavours

Basket of coffee cherriesGrown in Ethiopia’s Eastern Highlands, Harrar Longberry Coffee is made from possibly the oldest bean still being produced. It is so named because the beans are characteristically longer and more pointed in shape than other Ethiopian Arabica beans, and are considered to be the finest, reputedly having the most diverse and complex flavours to be found in coffee beans. The trees cultivated to produce Harrar Longberry Coffee are grown at altitudes of around 2,000m above sea level, in a subtropical, highland climate. The coffee cherries are harvested between October and February, and the beans sun-dried before being sorted, predominantly by hand.

Ethiopia is often considered to be the birthplace of coffee as it is believed it was first consumed here. The story of its origins goes back to the 9th century, where legend has it that a Sufi goatherd, named Kaldi, noticed how his goats became lively after eating the red berries from a particular bush, and that when such berries were thrown onto the fire, they produced a wonderful aroma, that prompted experiments into brewing the ground up embers, to mix with hot water for a drink.

Although considered to be mild, Harrar Longberry Coffee carries wonderful berry and chocolatey notes that produce a full-bodied, smooth, and aromatic cup, with medium acidity and no bitterness. It’s little wonder that the complex flavours of these delightful golden coloured beans are sometimes described as unique and unusual.

Harrar Longberry Coffee is perfect to use in cafetière or filter coffee machines. It is just one of over 100 wonderful coffees from around the world that Coffee-Direct can deliver directly to your door. We roast to order, so your coffee will always arrive in the freshest condition possible, and offer a range of grind options as well as whole beans.