Aricha Washed, Ethiopia

Candied Lime, Sweet Orange & Toffee


Amazing aromas of candied lime, a burst of sweet orange, and a rich toffee finish. Sweet and delicate Ethiopian coffee, syrupy and juicy.

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Aricha, great name…great coffee.

Picture this: 450 farmers from Yirgacheffe, Aricha district, all sending their ripe cherries on a thrilling journey to the Gizat washing station. It’s like a coffee-themed reality TV show.

Once they arrive, it’s time for the cherry shuffle. They’re sorted into different grades with the precision of a diamond jeweler, then they hit the hot tub for a 36-72 hour fermentation – longer than most of us can commit to a gym membership. After their spa day, they get a refreshing bath, a float session for defect detection, and then it’s off to the high-and-dry life on raised drying tables for 8-15 days. These tables are so fancy they’d give a 5-star hotel a run for its money, with perfect air circulation and temperature control.

To keep things from getting too dramatic, the cherries get turned regularly – no over-fermentation or moldy meltdowns allowed here. Then, off to a local warehouse they go, where their moisture levels are recorded like a meticulous coffee test. Finally, the cherry makeover begins – they’re color, density, and screen size sorted, primped and prepped for their star turn on the coffee export runway. It’s like they’ve just walked out of a coffee beauty salon, ready to conquer the world, one cup at a time! Coffees of both natural and washed process are sorted through these channels, so we are just gonna copy and past this over to the Aricha Natural page!

Origin Info

Varietal: Heirloom Varietals

Process: Washed

Altitude: 2200m

Region: Aricha, Yirgacheffee

Producer: Gizat Alehmayehu

Sourced through Utopia Coffees

Espresso Brew Recipe

Coffee in: 20g

Coffee out: 46g

Time: 27-28s

Temp: 95c

Filter Brew Recipe

Coffee in: 6 grams per 100mls

Temp: 96c

Time: 2:50-3:10

Flavour profile: Lively One

If you’re tired of coffee that’s as dark as your ex’s soul, then try “The Lively One.” It’s like a refreshing trip down memory lane, back to the days when your biggest worry was getting brain freeze from an ice pop. This coffee is bursting with so much fruit, you’ll forget you’re not actually drinking a sweet fruit tea. And forget about adding milk – this bad boy is best served black. So get ready to experience some good vibrations, just like The Beach Boys promised.

Coffee Questions

Do You Have A Strong Coffee?

Coffee can be as strong as you make it. Finding a coffee that sounds right for you starts with the tasting notes. If the tasting notes sound good, then you can make a strong tasting coffee with it. If you want flavours that are typically associated with “strong” coffee, like dark chocolate or toasty flavours, then keep an eye out for those tasting notes.

How Should I Store My Coffee?

You might have been told the fridge or freezer is the way to go, to ensure a long lasting fresh coffee. But that’s not really the case.

The best way to store your coffee is in a cool, dark place, right inside the Brightside coffee bag it came in. They’ve kept coffee fresh, and they do a pretty swell job of it.

What If I Don’t Like My Coffee?

Our lineup of unique coffees is ever changing, as coffee harvests arrive and make their way into Brightside drinkers coffee grinders. We make sure we have a few different options to cover a broad range of preferences, so we are pretty confident you will find something you like.

But we understand that not every coffee will be to your taste. If you ever get a coffee that isn’t quite right, or has missed the mark a bit for you, we will replace it for free. Email us at and we will be thrilled to help you.

Or if you think you can get a better experience out of the coffee with the right knowledge and tools, check out our brew guides, or email us at and we can get you up to speed on coffee brewing.

What Is Specialty Coffee?

Coffee that scores 80+ out of 100 can be classified as specialty coffee, in line with the Specialty Coffee Association’s guidelines. Scoring is based on the coffee quality, taste, flavor clarity and defects. All of our coffees are specialty grade. Sustainably and ethically sourced coffee beans from our trusted sourcing partners. Read about our coffee sourcing bare minimums here.

How Long Does Brightside Coffee Stay Fresh?

Fresh is definitely best, which is why our coffee is roasted and shipped as soon as possible after we receive an order. Once it’s in your hands, ready to brew, you will see a date stamped on the bag.

Try to drink it all within 3 weeks of the roast date if you have ordered whole bean coffee, and 2 weeks if you ordered ground coffee. Coffee can stay fresh for 6 weeks if it is stored properly, and after that 6 week duration, coffee won’t go “bad” but it may lose some of its pop, and get a bit stale. The same goes for pre-ground coffee, however it may lose a bit of its intensity faster than freshly grinding coffee.

What’s on the label

What’s on the coffee bag label?

There’s a fair whack of info on the label, and we are pretty keen on sharing as much as we can with you about every coffee we sell. The information is good, but we have specific reasons for sharing it, that can help you understand coffee better and roast and brew better coffee at home.

The name of the coffee

Single origins are coffees that come from a specific geographic area. But there are different levels of specificity around coffee origins, from a country of origin, to a growing region, co-operative, farm, and even down to individual lots of coffee trees on a specific farm. We source coffees from specific farms when possible, or co-ops for origins that have fewer facilities on farms such as Ethiopians or other high grown African coffees.

When we label our coffees for the shelves, we get as specific as possible so you know exactly where the coffee is coming from.


As we label coffees by farmer, or farm, it’s not always clear where the coffee is grown. The Origin is the country the coffee originates from.


Coffee trees come in many shapes and sizes, with characteristics adapted to the local climate, growing conditions and sometimes selectively bred in labs. These are called Varietals, and they can paint a picture of the coffee before you even taste it!


Elevation is the altitude the coffee grew at. Higher doesn’t mean better, but denser coffees usually come from higher altitudes. Denser coffees have higher concentrations of nutrients, which affects the roasting and brewing process.

Processing method

Processing is the treatment of the coffee immediately after harvest. Washed, Natural and Honey are the main ones, but you might see some other funky ones from time to time like anaerobic fermentation, or pulped/wet-hulled. The processing method affects the flavour profile of the coffee.

Sourcing Partners

We rely on incredible, responsible and quality driven sourcing partners to broker coffees on our behalf in the market, and we want to honour that relationship by sharing their story and how it aligns with ours.


The taste or tasting notes are what we all came here for. The unique flavour profile of every coffee is exciting. We want our tasting notes to reflect the coffee but also be inclusive and easy to understand. For green coffees, we supply the sourcing partner cupping and tasting notes, but for our roasted coffees we taste them and describe them ourselves, as roasting style has a big impact on the expression of the flavours in the cup.


The date on roasted coffee is the date the coffee was roasted. You’ll probably find the roast date out of the way  on the bottom of the bag.

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