Bird Rock Coffee Roasters

Alemu Kochere Yirgacheffe

Location: La Jolla, California

Origin: Yirgacheffe growing region, southern Ethiopia.

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $18.99/12 ounces

Review Date: July 2015

Agtron: 58/80

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Delicate but expressive. Jasmine, lemon verbena, roasted cacao nib, apricot, fresh-cut cedar in aroma and cup. Gently brisk, buoyant acidity; light, silky mouthfeel. Lemon verbena and cacao nib in particular carry into a gently drying finish.


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 floral notes. Like virtually all Ethiopia coffees, this coffee is produced by villagers on small, garden plots interplanted with food and other subsistence crops. Based in the San Diego area, Bird Rock Coffee Roasters is a retailer and wholesaler focused on organic and socially responsible coffees; it was awarded the “2012 Micro Roaster of the Year” title from Roast Magazine. Visit www.birdrockcoffee.com or call 858-551-1707 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Those who enjoy a delicately brisk, gently intricate cup.

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