Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Aricha Natural

Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Aricha Natural

This is an uncommon NATURAL process (sundried) Yirgacheffe coffee from the subregion of Gedeo, grown by the Aricha co-op made up of about 700 farmers in the region. They are sorted, sorted, sorted until they have achieved Grade 1 status which is becoming more common but still rare for a natural coffee from Ethiopia. The result of all this care is that you have a flawlessly clean tasting coffee with sweet fruity tastes and aroma. Crystal-clean and very sweet.

The main flavor is citrus, predominately lime, but it is dependent on how you roast it. The other flavors of tropical fruit, lemon and ripe dark fruit become more or less apparent as you tweak the coffee a degree darker or lighter on subsequent roasts. The coffee has a thin/silky body, no earthy or fermented tastes, but a sweet aftertaste that lingers sweet and fruity. Drink it slowly and methodically, savoring the unusual but special fruity sweetness that the average coffee drinker has never experienced.

Roast this like you would any other natural process Ethiopia. If the lime zest, juicy citrus notes are too potent and almost taste vegetal, take it a degree darker and you get more of a mango or cherry tomato note. Take it a degree darker yet and you have a dark fruit note with a lemon/lime zestiness. A degree darker and you have overall fruity sweetness but the flavors become less distinct. Being a natural processed coffee, you shouldn't take this coffee into the 2nd cracks as you get unpleasant bitterness. We are taking this to about 400 degrees on our roaster and 30 seconds or so after first cracks end.

It came into port in July 2019