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Topeca Coffee Roasters

Ethiopia FTO Worka

Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma

Origin: Gedeo Zone, Yirgacheffe growing region, southern Ethiopia.

Roast: Light

Est. Price: $14.99/12 ounces

Review Date: February 2014

Agtron: 66/88

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 9

Body: 8

Flavor: 10

Aftertaste: 9

Blind Assessment:

Balanced in structure but extravagant in flavor and aroma. Complex fruit, crisp roasted cacao nib, agave syrup, bourbon whisky, honeysuckle-like flowers in aroma and cup. Round, resonant acidity; silky mouthfeel. Vibrantly deep, flavor-saturated finish, with cacao-nib, bourbon and agave notes particularly prominent.

Notes:

This exceptional coffee was selected as the #6 coffee on Coffee Review’s list of the Top 30 Coffees of 2014. This coffee is certified organically grown and Fair Trade certified, meaning it was purchased from small-holding farmers at a “fair” or economically sustainable price. It is an unusually refined example of 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. Worka is one of twenty-two primary cooperatives located in the Gedeo Zone of Southern Ethiopia organized as the Yirgacheffe Farmers Union. Topéca Coffee is an artisan roaster with three café locations and a roastery in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Visit www.topecacoffee.com or call 918-398-8022 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Those interested in a cleanly expressed yet triumphantly intricate example of the dried-in-the-fruit or “natural” Ethiopia profile. Extraordinary value for the money.