Augie’s Ethiopia Layo Teraga Natural (Instant Coffee)
|Roaster Location:||Bend, Oregon|
|Coffee Origin:||Guji Zone, Oromia Region, southern Ethiopia|
|Est. Price:||$16.00/five 5-gram single-serve packets|
|Review Date:||September 2018|
|Acidity /Structure :||8|
Blind Assessment: Evaluated at proportions of 5 grams of instant coffee powder mixed with 8.5 ounces (250 ml) of hot water. Sweet, deep and juicy. Dark chocolate, jasmine, mango, orange zest, oak in aroma and cup. Sweet-tart in structure with an underlying salty, drying hint. Syrupy and plush in mouthfeel. Clean and sweet in the short finish: mango, jasmine, chocolate. Flavor fades quickly in the long.
Notes: This coffee earned the highest rating in a tasting of instant or soluble coffees for Coffee Review’s September 2018 tasting report. The green coffee was produced by the Layo Teraga Cooperative; it is 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. This coffee was sourced and roasted by Augie’s Coffee in Redlands, California and solubilized and packaged as an instant by Voilá Coffee in Bend, Oregon. Augie’s Coffee Roasters’ mission is to create awareness about the often-overlooked beauties of coffee, from its growth and preparation to its diverse and delicate flavor possibilities. Visit www.augiescoffeehouse.com for more information. Voilá Coffee was founded by Kent Sheridan in January, 2016 out of a desire to make specialty coffee approachable, while combining his love for exploring new coffees and roasters. Visit www.voila.coffee for more information.
The Bottom Line : The juicy, lushly sweet-tart character of a fine natural-processed Ethiopia largely makes it through the rigors of solubilizing in this top-of-the-line instant coffee.
This review originally appeared in the September, 2018 tasting report: The New (and Old) Instant Coffees: Convenience Aspires to Quality