Don't worry if you haven't heard of Amhara before. This is another new, developing coffee region, with just 200 hectacres of production so far, but plans to keep expanding. The parent company firmly believes in putting the well-being of the people first, and that is their first and foremost mission. Secondly, they have organic and rain forest certifications with a commitment to responsible farming. And finally, the quality is incredible! This particular lot in natural processed wild varietals grown on the Ayehu farm. The taste of this Ethiopia is distinct. As it cools, you'll get a whirlwind of flavors flashing through your mouth. Banana, orange, lemon, strawberry... it's like eating a handful of sweet-tarts. This is the third year we've bought this coffee from Amhara Ayehu, and the taste is the same, but it's less intense -- less weird -- this year. It's a more refined dignified coffee with a chocolate creamy background and raspberry/red berry in the forefront. Sweet with flashes of tart and flashes of several different fruity flavors, including banana in the lightest roasts. Gentle, soft in the mouth, reasonably full body, no earthiness, few defects.
This bean is for light roasts, not too far out of the 1st cracks and not too long of a roast. There's a window of a few degrees where it is equally tasty but different, but basically the lighter you roast it, the more of the tart fruit you get and less of the chocolate. Obviously if you take it too light you get a bit of a green/raw taste, so definitely get it fully developed through the first cracks. Take it a couple degrees beyond that to pull out more of the sweeter berry and chocolate. A couple degrees after that and it is like fruits dipped in bakers cocoa. It's been processed carefully by hand, and the quality is pretty good this year. Try a pound and see what you think.
US arrival: August 2018
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