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SO Roasters

Yirgacheffe Aricha Natural G1

Location: South Korea

Origin: Yirgacheffe growing region, southern Ethiopia.

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: KRW$10,500/100 grams

Review Date: September 2014

Agtron: 59/74

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 9

Body: 8

Flavor: 10

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Sweet, intense, melodic. Blueberry, tangerine, rye whisky, roasted cacao nib in aroma and cup. Big, juicy acidity; lightly syrupy, lively mouthfeel. Citrus and cacao nib in particular saturate a roundly rich finish.

Notes:

Most Yirgacheffe coffee is prepared by the conventional wet method, in which the skin and pulp are removed from the beans or seeds before they are dried, encouraging a cleanly high-toned, often intensely floral- and citrus-toned cup. This Yirgacheffe is a “natural” or dry-processed version, however, meaning the beans/seeds were dried inside the fruit, encouraging a deeper-toned floral and fruit character. Like virtually all Ethiopia coffees, this striking and unusual coffee is produced by villagers on small, garden plots interplanted with food and other subsistence crops. “So coffee roaster’s” is a quality-focused retail and wholesale specialty roaster in South Korea. Email coff2queen@naver.com or call +82-31-962-9047 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: A sweet, cleanly fermenty dried-in-the-fruit Ethiopia profile on steroids: big, giddy, grandly lyrical.