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Temple Coffee and Tea

Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Reko

Location: Sacramento, California

Origin: Kochere, Yirgacheffe growing region, southern Ethiopia

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $19.50/12 ounces

Review Date: May 2016

Agtron: 54/76

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 9

Body: 10

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 9

Blind Assessment:

Delicate, intricate, refined. Lychee, pink peppercorn, candied ginseng, jasmine, honey in aroma and cup. Lyrical, complex, balanced acidity; juicy, silky mouthfeel. The finish, saturated with sweet and spicy tones (lychee, pink peppercorn), is resonant in the short and elegant in the long, where candied ginseng reappears and an intriguing coconut note surfaces.

Notes:

This exceptional coffee was selected as the No. 4 coffee on Coffee Review’s list of the Top 30 Coffees of 2016.  Yirgacheffe is a coffee region in southern Ethiopia that produces distinctive 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 are removed before drying) typically express great aromatic complexity and intensity with a particular emphasis on citrus and floral notes. Like virtually all coffees from southern Ethiopia, this coffee is most likely produced by villagers on small, garden plots interplanted with food and other subsistence crops. Temple Coffee is a quality-focused retail and wholesale specialty roaster active in Sacramento, California since 2005. Committed to sourcing, roasting and brewing the finest coffees, Temple features coffee from distinguished single estates and cooperatives around the world. Visit www.templecoffee.com or call 916-454-1282 for more information.

The Bottom Line: An exquisite washed Ethiopia with power, finesse and nuanced complexity: deeply sweet, lushly floral, elegantly spice-toned.