Zonegediyo is a classic Yirg, with bergamot and jasmine florals, herb tea notes, and a mouth refreshing citric acidity. Orange flavors shift and change, pulpy, juicy, and even a bit of the inside rind. Lemonade and peach tea as the cup cools, a complex cup best in the middle to light roast ranges. City+.
This coffee was a selection from our last trip to Ethiopia, one that happens to be 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. I'm pretty sure you'll agree, this coffee speaks for itself. One of the best we tasted from this region.
This is a "classic" Yirga Cheffe all the way. Floral jasmine, bright citrus, extreme cleanliness_‹_it's all here, and in droves! The aromatics give off such a perfumed scent of jasmine and sweet pea flowers, which are highlighted by a light brown sugar and a touch of cardamom spice. Hot water builds the "freshness" to the floral aspects, like fresh cut flowers, and a honey tangerine citrus smell is pushed toward the front when breaking the wet crust. As a brewed coffee, this Ethiopia delivers the goods. A very juicy orange flavor comes through, along with syrupy sweet rue-like herbal hints. At City roast the sugar aspect is like simple syrup, keeping bittering core-coffee flavors well in balance. City+ builds a focused, raw cane juice sweetness, and a bit of a mixed basket of fruits trade highlights throughout the finish. Acidity is high, citric, and like lemon spritz, and the finish is so clean. And there's no denying the floral notes in this coffee, star jasmine all the way, a real crowning flavor note that comes through even as you enter Full City territory. Truly a beautiful brewed cup of coffee - just what a Yirga Cheffe ought to be!