Yayu Wild Forest

Ethiopia

Our Union Promise: You can enjoy your coffee knowing it is always sourced direct from farmers via Union Direct Trade. Always high quality speciality coffee, carefully roasted fresh to order.

Wild Arabica Coffee

A beautifully bright coffee from the farmers of the last remaining wild coffee forest - Yayu.
Flavour Category
chocolate & caramel chocolate & caramel
High quality coffee has wide ranging, naturally occurring taste notes. The dominant flavour profile in this coffee is Chocolate & Caramel. Brought out by the roasting process – caramelisation happens towards the end of the roast. Generally the darker the roast, the more dominant the chocolate and caramel flavours are.
Roast
This coffee is a medium roast. Roast level influences the flavour and body of coffee. Darker roasts are fuller bodied, lighter roasts brighter. A medium roasted coffee bean is medium brown in colour. It retains many of the flavour profiles of the natural bean but also gains some sweetness and body from a longer roast.
Quality Score
86.0
Coffee scoring over 80 on Speciality Coffee Association scale is considered High Quality, Speciality Coffee.
Best Brewed As
espresso
This coffee is best brewed as an espresso (coffee shop type machine or a bean to cup). All our coffees can be brewed using any method, but this is our recommendation for a method which suits the coffee particularly well.
filter
This coffee is best brewed as a filter (cafetiere, pour over, aeropress, drip, etc.). All our coffees can be brewed using any method, but this is our recommendation for a method which suits the coffee particularly well.
Processing Method
This coffee was processed using the washed method. Post-harvest processing influences the taste profile. Washed coffees are brighter, naturally processed are sweeter and honey processed are somewhere in between.

More about this coffee

The Yayu Coffee Forest Biosphere in Ethiopia is one of the last and most important remaining mountain forest fragments for the preservation of wild populations of Arabica Coffee (Coffea arabica), in the world. We've worked with the Darwin Institute and Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, in the area since 2015 to improve the quality of coffee and therefore income for farmers, enabling preservation and study of this unique biosphere.

As an espresso, enjoy soft citrus acidity upfront, syrupy body, and notes marzipan and dark chocolate. Longlasting bourbon biscuit aftertaste. Brewed as filter the coffee has a tea-like quality and feels light on the tongue. It opens on a mild citrus-like acidity, displays flavours reminiscent of kumquat, sweet shortcrust pastry and brown sugar, and finishes on bittersweet notes of roasted cocoa beans.

Find out more about our Yayu Project by clicking here

VARIETALS

  • Heirloom

Yayu Wild Forest

Ethiopia

The Yayu Wild Forest is one of the last and most important remaining mountain forest fragments for the preservation of wild Arabica Coffee in the world. This natural landscape, high up in the hills of Ethiopia, is a hotspot for biodiversity and is a significant conservation zone. A major challenge in the area is preventing the ongoing destruction of the forestland. A common practice for communities is to clear a plot of land from the forest by felling trees, then planting a crop to generate an income.

Back in 2014, Union teamed up with Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Ethiopia Coffee Forest Forum and producer partners in Yayu with efforts to create more sustainable livelihoods in coffee farming, in turn, helping protect the natural biosphere. The aim was to create infrastructures and provide training in producing high-quality coffee, so farmers would not have to turn to plant other crops for their income.

The three-year project with Royal Botanic Gardens came to an end in 2018, but the partnership between Union and the Yayu producer partners remains strong, with the Union team visiting 3 to 4 times per year. The Yayu forest co-operatives continue to produce incredible coffee, often being showcased as our limited edition microlots.

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UK

We aim to despatch all orders within 2 working days of receiving them. During peak mail order periods (for instance, Christmas or other promotional activities), this timeframe may be extended slightly, although every effort will be made to despatch your order as soon as possible. 

All our coffees are roasted to order so we require at least one working day before we can despatch your order

Standard delivery is charged at £2 per order (mainland UK)
For all orders over £15 (before delivery) or over 1KG in weight, delivery is FREE 

Convenient Delivery packaging

In an effort to reduce wasteful packaging and also make delivery more convenient for you. If your order is 2 x 200g bags of coffee or less your delivery will be sent in a box designed to fit through your letterbox. So you no longer need to wait in for your Union Coffee delivery.
N.B not all letterboxes are made equal. Our boxes are designed to meet the Royal Mail letterbox guidelines, sadly this doesn't cover all letterboxes. We've discovered that older houses can often have unusual dimensions and the box may not fit through.

Our Couriers

For all Orders under 1kg (equivalent to 4 x 200g bags of coffee or less) your delivery will be sent 48 Hour Tracked Royal Mail
For all Orders over 1kg are sent recorded delivery via DPD 

 

INTERNATIONAL

We are happy to deliver to international addresses. Orders need to be placed with a valid postcode/zipcode to allow our couriers to locate and quote for correct shipping cost.

2019 prices 

Europe*
0.0 kg - 1.79 kg £9.50
1.8 kg - 4.79 kg    £15.00
4.8 kg - 25.0 kg £25.00

United States*
0.0 kg - 1.79 kg £15.00
1.8 kg - 4.79 kg £27.00
4.8 kg - 25.0 kg £75.00

Rest of World*
0.0 kg - 9.072 kg £60.00

*NB for larger order specific quote etc. to non European locations we can give more precise location based volume quotes, if you contact us here.

If you would rather order by phone, please call the Roastery on +44 20 7474 8990 and we will happily take your order and quote for shipping if relevant.

Where goods are unavailable, or out of stock, Union Hand-Roasted will advise customers appropriately through the online shop or by email or phone where those have been provided with an order.
Re-orders of previous shipments can be done easily through the 'my account' section of the website. If one or more products is out of stock, the re-order link will not be visible. Please check individual products required, or select alternatives.

Our online shop no longer has a minimum transaction value.

 

RETURNS AND REFUNDS

If you are unsatisfied with the contents of your order please contact us, either by telephone or email within 24 hours of receipt to inform us of your issue.

Union Hand-Roasted Coffee does not refund or exchange coffees, teas etc. if ordered incorrectly through our website.

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