This is a natural (dry processed) Yirgacheffe coffee from the subregion of Gedeo Zone, grown by the Chelbasa co-op. They are sorted, sorted, sorted until they have acheived Grade 1 status which is rare for a natural coffee from Ethiopia. These are heirloom varietal coffees, grown by small land-owning famers, and taken to Gedeb for organic certification and export. The result of all this care is that you have a flawlessly clean tasting coffee with sweet fruity tastes and aroma. Crystal-clean and sweet as candy. The main flavor is fruit (particularly lemon, but also strawberry and cherry), but it is full of floral and chocolate notes as well. If you tweak the coffee a little darker you get more of the chocolate and dried cherry flavor, and on the lighter side you get more zing and citrus. The coffee has a thin/silky body, no earthy or fermented tastes, but a sweetness nice lingering aftertaste that is sweet and fruity. Drink it slowly and methodically, savoring the sweetness, lack of bitterness, and the unusual but special fruity flavor that the average coffee drinker has never experienced.
Roast this like you would any other natural process Ethiopia. If the citrus and floral notes are too potent, take it a degree darker to subdue it. If you're missing the acidity, take it a degree lighter next time to appreciate the effervesence in this bean. Being a natural processed coffee, you shouldn't take this coffee into the 2nd cracks, and we don't really get it anywhere close to that level.
It came into port in August 2018.
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