This is an uncommon NATURAL (Dry processed) Yirgacheffe coffee from the sub-region of Gedeo, grown and processed by the Koke co-op. They are sorted meticulously until they have achieved 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 main flavor is tropical fruit or lychee candy, but is is dependent on how you roast it. The other flavors of honeydew, nectarine and a juicy acidity 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 nice sweet, lingering aftertaste that is juicy 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. Maybe a few seconds out of 1st cracks, it reads about 400 degrees on our roasters. If the citrus and floral notes are too potent, take it a degree darker to subdue it. If you're missing the sweetness, take it a degree lighter next time to appreciate the sugars in this bean. Each roast tastes different which makes it fun and tricky to keep consistent. 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.
US arrival: May 2019