Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Kochere
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Washed processed Yirgacheffe is the taste of sunshine, botanical gardens, and happiness. This is from the Kochere subregion, which we highly anticipate the arrival of each year. This area grows some of the highest regarded and most expensive Yirgacheffe beans, grown around 6000 feet above sea level. This crop was packed in grainpro bags to seal in and preserve freshness and is graded as Grade 1 which is the best sorted grade with the least amount of defects.
Generally speaking, Yirgacheffe coffees have a floral and lemon flavor — sweet, juicy, bright, floral, tea, citrus (think jasmine, lemondrop) -- and that holds true here, but extremely intense. You smell the sweet flowers as soon as you grind it, and at first sip it is hard to keep a straight face. It is one of the most flavorful, intense, delicious washed Ethiopians we've ever had come through the shop. There is an extra layer of flavors here that keeps it interesting from start to finish. The flavor changes as the temperature of the coffee changes, which makes every sip fantastic. We downed our sample roast in record time. Jasmine is certainly present, and grape jelly, I would believe a hint of peach and blackberry as well. Citrus is present (lime, orange, but especially lemon), and just amazing sweetness. Because it is so sweet, it makes it incredibly easy to drink, and is perfectly suited for iced coffee and cold-brew. It is such a show stopper -- we were joking about they must have used the "Jam Process" to process this batch of coffee because it's as sweet and fruity as if you put jam in your mug of coffee.
Best when roasted light, I follow the same profile as a natural Ethiopia, although being a washed process coffee, this Yirg takes just a little more heat to keep up with that roasting curve and it cracks a couple of degrees later, so it needs a couple degrees hotter before you let it out. I barely take it past the first cracks, a City Roast. Just after the first cracks come to a complete stop and you've slowed the roast way down, I turn the heat down to where the bean temp is just stalling out right around 400 degrees, and I'm done. There's no earthiness, and no defective tastes. However, if you want to roast this as more of a medium roast you totally can. Since it's a washed process coffee, you can take it as dark as you want. It holds its sweetness even though it starts to lose its complexity.
I tend to strongly prefer natural processed Ethiopia coffee over washed processed ones, but this coffee blew me away with its flavor and complexity and sweetness.
US Arrival July 2017
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