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 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 Kochere. You may have tried our other coffees from this region, and I assure you, this is of the same high caliber.
This is a "classic" Yirga Cheffe all the way. Floral jasmine, Earl Grey tea, extreme cleanliness_‹_it's all here, and in droves! The aromatics give off such a perfumed scent of jasmine flowers, which are highlighted by cardamom spice and brown sugar notes. Hot water builds the "freshness" to the floral aspects, like fresh cut flowers, honeysuckle, sweet peas, etc. Such a sweet bouquet of smells. As a brewed coffee, this Ethiopia delivers the goods. Tons of orange flavors, juice and rind, pulpy, pithy, and sweet. At City roast the sugar aspect is like simple syrup, and a bit in the background. City+ builds a cane juice sweetness, which is much more focused and providing a base characteristic, and top notes become much more highlights rather than unsupported and dominant. Jasmine and bergamot citrus ring louder as the cup cools, as well as flavors of peach tea and lemonade. Acidity is high, citric, and like lemon spritz, and the finish is so clean. A nice complex brewed cup of coffee - just what a Yirga Cheffe ought to be!