Gedeo has a classic Yirga Cheffe profile, clean and crisp cup attributes, convincing sweetness that props top notes of lily flowers and citrus oil. Flavors of black tea, peach candy, and lemon come out in the cool cup. City to Full City.
This coffee comes to us from the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange (ECX), the commission in charge of exchanging most exported commodities, including coffee. The basic way that it works is, unless you're part of a private cooperative, individual farmers submit their coffee to the exchange where it is graded based on processing and cup quality. Unfortunately, by the time they reach the market, they're also mostly stripped of provenance and given a general categorization instead. Most of the coffee we buy from Ethiopia belongs in the category of cooperative coffees, and we love that in addition to cooperatives offering really nice coffees, they also give us an inside look at the work done at the farm and wet mill levels. But every now and then we'll cup coffees from the ECX that are so good, we simply can't pass on the purchase. This is one of those coffees. We were able to obtain some very general regional info on the lot, and that it is from the area of Kochore. You may have tried our other coffees from this region, and I assure you, this is of the same high caliber.
The fry fragrance is quite perfumed, City roasts emitting a scent of raw cane sugar and lily flowers. Our Full City roast had a more honeyed sweetness along with a sweet smokiness from roast. The wet grounds exude a heavy scent of brown sugar and butter, so candy sweet and enticing, and a faint floral note comes through too. This latter element is more prominent when breaking the crust, the released steam smelling of lilac and salt water taffy. The cup is refreshing, so "clean", and with prominent florals throughout. It's a "classic" Yirga Cheffe profile, flavors of pearl jasmine tea, cane juice and honey, and black tea notes rounding out the finish. As the coffee cools, more fruited flavors peak out, peach candy and lemon oil, faint, but adding to the cup complexity. The sweetness is like cane juice, potent and unrefined. Florals really dominate the cup, even as roasts edge toward Full City. Tasting a cool cup of our City++ roast I'm met with an up-front floral jasmine flavor, making way for tons of raw sugar sweetness and citrus notes. This is a quintessential Yirga Cheffe, coming at a time when fresh crop Ethiopia coffees are still far out of reach.