Ethiopia Yirgacheffe by Intelligentsia Coffee Roasters Review |
  • Intelligentsia Coffee Roasters

    Chicago, Illinois
  • Ethiopia Yirgacheffe

Roast: Medium-Light Review Date: October 2004
Origin: Yirgacheffe growing region, Sidamo Province, southern Ethiopia Price: $11.95/16oz

Blind Assessment: Co-cupper Christy Thorns' (90) reading was precise and explicit: "The aromatics of this coffee undulate from desert lime, orange peel, lemon zest to eucalyptus and jasmine blossom. These characteristics do not carry over into the cup, however, but instead a delicate candied sweetness and roasted nut flavor dominate with a hint of ginger in the finish." Ken (90), just as positive but less specific, was content to praise a rich wine, fruit and floral character. Either way, a complex cup with great aromatic richness and range.

Notes: Its tendency to high-toned, floral and citrus sweetness has made Yirgacheffe, from a lushly beautiful range of hills in southern Ethiopia, one of the world?s most admired coffees. Intelligentsia is a leading, award-winning Chicago-area roaster with a commitment to quality epitomized by the practice of print roast dates on its attractive coffee packaging. Visit or call 888-945-9786 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Those imaginative palates who may want to propose their own version of this complex Yirgacheffe.


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