Augie’s Ethiopia Layo Teraga Washed (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, delicate, very subtly complex. Clean, fresh wood, flowers, lemon zest, a hint of cocoa, tart pie cherry in aroma and cup. Sweet yet brisk in structure; very light though silky in mouthfeel.
Notes: This coffee earned the second-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 was processed by the wet or “washed” method, in which skin and fruit flesh are removed from the beans or seeds before they are dried. 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 : Rewards patience, which should reveal, beneath the fresh-cut wood, the crisp, sweet grace and complex aromatics of a fine washed Ethiopia.
This review originally appeared in the September, 2018 tasting report: The New (and Old) Instant Coffees: Convenience Aspires to Quality