Coffee Review - Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Ayinage Reserve by The Roasterie
  • The Roasterie

    Kansas City, Missouri
  • Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Ayinage Reserve

Roast: Medium-Dark Review Date: May 2013
Origin: Yirgacheffe growing region, southern Ethiopia. Price: $16.65/12 ounces

Blind Assessment: Complexly and richly floral: crisp lavender and sweet honeysuckle in particular in aroma and cup, with backgrounded suggestions of roasted cacao nib and walnut. Delicate, gently brisk acidity; light but lively mouthfeel. Long, sweet finish with a slightly drying walnutty edge.

Notes: Yirgacheffe is a coffee region in southern Ethiopia that produces distinctively floral- and fruit-toned coffees from traditional varieties of Arabica long grown in the region. Yirgacheffe coffees like this one processed by the wet or washed method (fruit skin and pulp is removed before drying) typically express great aromatic complexity and intensity with a particular emphasis on floral notes. The Roasterie (motto “Live Life on the Rim”) is a longtime leading, quality-oriented specialty roaster that emphasizes its commitment to "air roasting," a technology utilizing a column of hot air rather than the conventional turning drum to agitate the roasting beans. Visit or call 800-376-0245 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: A moderately dark roast develops the rich complexity of the floral notes in this fine rendition of the great Yirgacheffe profile.


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