Organic Fair Trade Ethiopian Yirgacheffe by The Roasterie Review |
  • The Roasterie

    Kansas City, Missouri
  • Organic Fair Trade Ethiopian Yirgacheffe

Roast: Medium Review Date: September 2004
Origin: Yirgacheffe growing region, Sidamo Province, southern Ethiopia Price: NA

Blind Assessment: Intense aromatics of coffee blossom (imagine jasmine, gardenia and lime), laced with milk chocolate, dried orange peel, bees' wax and lemon. While many Yirgacheffes display flourishes of mint, here oregano is the more dominant herbal note. If this coffee is big and robust in fragrance and aroma, the cup is quiet and a bit timid - a contradiction that adds to the appeal of this delicately balanced coffee. (Lindsey Bolger)

Notes: Certified organically grown and certified Fair Trade, meaning small-holding farmers have been paid a "fair" or economically sustainable price for this coffee. Its tendency to high-toned, floral and citrus sweetness has made Yirgacheffe, from a lushly beautiful range of hills in southern Ethiopia, is one of the world's most distinctive coffees. Visit or call 800-376-0245 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Those who appreciate a Beethoven symphony with the volume turned down.


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