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Pairings 2.0: Yirgacheffe and Ethiopia

Back in July we featured the first in our Pairings series in a post that also talked about our Modern Oats line of good-for-you “fast food.” Even if you’re not an oats fan, the photos show warm, caring couples we found at Unsplash in our travels.

When we began this month we shared four Ethiopian-inspired Fine African Teas by Chef Marcus Samuelsson and Harney & Sons and took a look at some of the incredible scenery and beautiful faces from this, the birthplace of coffee on the Convenience Coffee facebook and our Google+ page.

Before we move south to Tanzania next month (shown in the map below courtesy The Specialty Coffee Association of America: available in poster size online at the shop), this, our last Brew News for October 2016 gets up-close-and-African with the three Ethiopian coffees we sell at paired with some scenery and sentiments. Travel along with us here and on facebook with the hash tag  #youcangettherefromhere

What breaks in daybreak? Is it the night? Is it the sun, cracked in two by the horizon like an egg, spilling out light?
— Margaret Atwood

Caribou Coffee’s Daybreak Morning Blend is a nutty blend of Costa Rican, Guatemalan, Colombian and Ethiopian beans roasted to a chocolate brown.

Like all their coffees, Caribou’s Daybreak Morning Blend is a 100% Rainforest Alliance Certified creation that you can feel great about brewing in your Keurig at home or when you get to work.

Caribou coffees are sourced “in an environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable manner,” all the while focusing “on addressing recycling, water conservation, waste reduction and energy efficiency.”

We like all that.

What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived.
It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.
— Nelson Mandela

Marley Coffee medium roasts the USDA organic, single-origin, Ethiopian Yirgacheffe beans for their One Love RealCups™ just until they start singing notes of brown sugar (the sweet, in-your-coffee kind — not the Stones version) and vanilla and kiss your lips all spicey-like.

— all the way to Bermy from the birthplace of coffee in East Africa — exotic floral and berry notes in a warming sip full of calm, peace and the love of all creation.

First, do enough training. Then believe in yourself and say, “I can do it. Tomorrow is my day.” And then say, “The person in front of me, he is just a human being as well. He has two legs, I have two legs, that is all.” That is mentally how you prepare.
— Haile Gebrselassie, Ethiopian two-time Olympic Gold Medalist

Green Mountain’s Organic Ethiopian Yirgacheffe is Fair Trade Certified and the breadth of its flavour experience is profound.

This single-origin ground coffee will charm you with its high citrus notes and its deep bass foundations; its sensual wisp of flowers and its round body. It’s a great introduction to specialty coffees and we stock it in a 12-ounce, ground coffee package.

If you’re hosting a small event where single-cup brewing just won’t cut it, just email us at and we’ll hook you up with a free, sample package of Organic Ethiopian Yirgacheffe to try. If you need cream & sugar, coffee filters, cups, lids or clutches — we have all that too.

And last but not least this month:

We filter through a lot of images, quotes and history to prepare a month’s worth of coffee & tea stories from countries a world away. This month’s Brew News adventure to Ethiopia, and Yirgacheffe District in particular, was no exception.

Scouting around to pair products with graphics, people and places brought us to this special place. It’s not about coffee, tea or anything else we sell at It’s about three minutes that show what can and did happen — naturally and spontaneously — between complete strangers.

Thanks for reading. If you enjoyed this week’s Brew News please share 🙂

Richard Renaldi believes we are all connected. The New York City fine art photographer is the man behind “Touching Strangers,” the wildly popular photo series that explores human connection through intimate portraits of people who have never met. He admits that his intimate portraits moved some viewers to cry — and creeped others out.

What would you do if a photographer approached you on the street and asked you to pose with a person you had never met for a piece like this?

Shop all our Ethiopian coffees at

Origin, other sources and thanks for this Brew News edition, “Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Pairings”:

  • “The Historic Distribution of Coffea Arabica” map graphic courtesy The Specialty Coffee Association of America. To order a 32″ x 22″ printed copy of the map online, visit the shop
  • Sunrise over Lake Abaya from Paradise Lodge, Arba Minch, Ethiopia courtesy David Stanley at Flickr
  • Mabrat Eyiso winnowing coffee beans courtesy Brazil’s Ministry of Development and IFAD, The International Fund for Agricultural Development at Flickr
  • Ethiopian mountain landscape courtesy Donald Macauley at Flickr
  • Explore the entire story behind the “Touching Strangers” photo series on the Flickr Blog or visit featured photographer Richard Renaldi’s photostream

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