This is from Koke coffee mill (pronounced Ko-Kay), a part of the Yirga Cheffe Coffee Union. This coffee has amazing sweetness and brightness. The cup has sweet fruited notes, floral elements, and a silky mouthfeel. Peach nectar, apricot preserves, sweet mandarin orange, almond, passion fruit, tea, rose hips and hibiscus notes come forward as the cup cools. City+ highly recommended.
Yirga Cheffe coffees are a renowned wet-processed type with effervescent brightness in the cup. This past season, buying Yirga Cheffe coffees from specific mills has been difficult, as the new Ethiopia Coffee Exchange rules took effect and the traditional auction was abandoned. The new rules mean that the coffee suppliers will be paid quickly by the exporters; and a new level of transparency in pricing within the country. But it has also meant that, for the time being, we don't know the exact mill or farmer group where outstanding lots like this originate. Nonetheless, it is not like great Ethiopia lots have disappeared. And in fact we were able to buy coffees direct from the Unions (the name for a farmer's cooperative) that are traceable to the source. This is from Koke coffee mill (pronounced Ko-Kay), a part of the Yirga Cheffe Coffee Union. It was a late season lot, and comes from a place I have visited multiple times, including early in this harvest. This coffee has amazing sweetness and brightness. It's a coffee where I feel the flavor profile is heavily influenced buy the cherry selection in harvesting: this is what coffee tastes like when only crimson-red coffee cherries are picked. I kept my sample roasts lighter, within the City to City+ range, as it always seems a crime to eclipse the wonderful brightness of a great Yirga Cheffe with an overlay of darker roast flavor. The dry fragrance is highly floral, with both rose petal and lemon blossom scents, and ripe cherry fruit notes, It has a candy-like sweetness that in underscored in the wet aromatics as well. An aroma of lavender, stone fruits and mandarin orange emerge and an amaretto hint. The cup has sweet fruited notes, floral elements, and a silky mouthfeel. Peach nectar, apricot preserves, sweet mandarin orange, almond, passion fruit juice; these are some of the delicate fruited notes that come from the lighter roast of this coffee. Jasmine tea, rose hips and hibiscus notes come forward as the cup cools. City+ roast has a more silky body, and perhaps a slightly more refined finish, but also more restrained fruit notes. I recommend a very light roast here, although the roast color will not be attractive and there will be a wrinkly surface texture to the bean, I think it gives the best cup. And holy smokes, I made some amazing SO espresso from this coffee.