This is a great washe 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 acheived Grade 1 status which is the best possible classification of coffee from Ethiopia. The result of all this care is that you have a flawlessly clean tasting coffee with sweet fruity and floral tastes. The main flavor is citrus (lemony) and a really perfumey aroma; but there are definite layers of complexity to enjoy ranging from peach to lavender to pear to honey. The coffee has smoother more silky body than you might expect from a washed Ethiopia (they often suffer from a thin tea-like almost watery mouthfeel but this one has good mouthfeel and an enjoyable lively dancing acidity to it). There are no earthy or fermented tastes, but a nice lingering aftertaste that is sweet and fruity. Drink it slowly and methodically, inhaling the aroma, and savoring the unusual but special fruity and floral sweetness that the average coffee drinker has never experienced.
Roast this like you would any other Ethiopia. If you want more fruit and flowers keep it at a City roast and dump it maybe 20 seconds after the end of the 1st cracks. Take it a degree darker yet and you have a deeper taste with less complexity but a strong peach lavender lemonade. A degree darker and you have overall fruity sweetness but the flavors become less dstinct -- you start losing the lemon and just getting a sweet lively coffee.
USA Arrival November 2020