Ethiopian Aricha Seven by Coffee Klatch Review |
Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: November 2007
Origin: Yirgacheffe growing region, Sidamo Province, southern Ethiopia. Price: $14.95/8oz

Blind Assessment: Miguel Meza (93): "An intense but slightly flawed cup. The coffee is so luscious and passionate[, however,] that such misgivings are easily forgotten. A dizzying array of ripe and dried berry flavors mingles with banana, lime and chocolate." Ken (93) agrees, finding a rich mix of "brandyish cherry, crisp cocoa/chocolate and ripe orange" notes. He is more specific about the flaw, which for him is a slight salty astringency that "softens as the cup cools, allowing the ripe fruit notes to fully bloom."

Notes: A dry-processed or "natural" coffee, meaning the beans were dried inside the fruit rather than after the fruit has been removed, as is the case with wet-processed or "washed" coffees. Aricha Selection Seven is a specially prepared and selected lot of dry-processed coffee from the Yirgacheffe region exported by S.A. Bagersh and air shipped to the United States by Joseph Brodsky's Ninety Plus Coffee program. Coffee Klatch is an award-winning small-batch roasting company in the Los Angeles area whose resident barista and trainer, Heather Perry, won the 2003 and 2007 United States Barista Championships and placed second in the 2007 World Championship brewing Coffee Klatch espresso blends. Visit or call 877-455-2824 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Lovers of the more opulent style of aged tequilas.


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