Barrington Coffee Roasting Co.
Aricha Yirgacheffe Ethiopia
Location: Lee, Massachusetts
Origin: Yirgacheffe growing region, southern Ethiopia
Est. Price: $19.95/12 ounces
Review Date: April 2017
Deeply and richly sweet, spice-toned. Violet, baker’s chocolate, star anise, butterscotch, fresh-cut cedar in aroma and cup. Balanced, fruit-toned acidity; syrupy-smooth mouthfeel. The resonant finish extends all the flavor notes of the cup in the short, and consolidates to baker’s chocolate with suggestions of cedar and star anise in the long.
Produced at Kebel Aricha Mill by Surafel Birhanu, who works with more than 700 family farms. Yirgacheffe is a coffee region in southern Ethiopia that produces distinctive coffees from traditional varieties of Arabica long grown in the region. This is a “natural” or dry-processed version, meaning the beans were dried inside the fruit, encouraging a flavor profile that is less predictable and deeper than the more familiar wet-processed floral- and citrus-toned Yirgacheffe profile. Like virtually all southern Ethiopia coffees, this coffee is produced by villagers on small, garden plots interplanted with food and other subsistence crops.Barrington Coffee is an artisan roaster dedicated to elite coffees, fresh delivery and roasting that foregrounds the coffee and not the roast. Visit www.barringtoncoffee.com or call 800-528-0998 for more information.
The Bottom Line: A very cleanly expressed dried-in-the-fruit Yirgacheffe cup, richly spice-toned with deeply sweet floral notes.