This is the NATURAL (Dry processed) Yirgacheffe coffee from the legendary Misty Valley mill (later known as IDIDO). Nothing is too good for these beans. They are stirred non-stop for the first 48 hours on the drying patio using rakes, and then they are sorted, sorted, sorted until they have acheived Grade 1 status which is 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 sweet as candy. The overwhelming fruit is pomegranate, but there is watermelon in there as well, and a lemon aroma although not very much lemon in the taste. I'm left with a chocolate taste in my mouth afterwards. Think of how a washed process Yirg tastes, but with thicker mouthfeel, sweeter. I'm picking these beans out of the cooling tray while they are hot and chewing them down like they're candy. Grinding them and enjoying the aroma of the grounds. Drinking it slowly and methodically, savoring the unusual but special fruity sweetness that the average coffee drinker has never experienced.
You get my point -- everything about this coffee is a joy. Roast this like you would any other natural process Ethiopia. I take it a degree darker -- about 10 seconds longer -- than I do a natural Harrar, but it's not a big deal to be off a few degrees one way or the other. Just that if you're getting more tartness than you want, you're letting it out a little early. If it seems flatter than you expected, you're a tad dark.
It came into port in October 2022
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