Counter Culture Coffee
Decaf Harfusa Ethiopia Yirgacheffe
|Roaster Location:||Durham, North Carolina|
|Coffee Origin:||Yirgacheffe growing region, Sidamo Province, southern Ethiopia.|
|Review Date:||March 2008|
Blind Assessment: A slight menthol-like astringency throughout the profile is the only restraint to this otherwise exceptional, complexly engaging coffee. In the aroma sweet-toned and balanced with pungent orange and butterscotch notes and hints of flowers and nut. The acidity is gentle and integrated, the cup very sweet but crisp in structure, with continued orange, nut, flower and very distinct cocoa or baker's chocolate notes. The nut and floral notes carry into a rich finish, although the shadow tightness that nags its way through the cup has the last word as the nuts and flowers fade.
Notes: Decaffeinated by the "natural" method, which in this case probably means decaffeination by means of liquefied CO2. Their tendency to high-toned floral and citrus sweetness has made the wet-processed coffees of the Yirgacheffe region, a lush range of hills in southern Ethiopia, among the world's most distinctive. Counter Culture is a small-batch wholesale specialty roaster with an informative and lively website, a commitment to fine coffee and youthful, enthusiastic leadership that seeks out close relationships with small-holding growers of fine coffees worldwide. Visit
Who Should Drink It: An exotic and engaging breakfast-style cup for caffeine-avoiders. Should maintain character nicely under the impact of modest quantities of whitener.
This review originally appeared in the March, 2008 tasting report: Decaffeinated Single-Origins: A Slow Tour with Limited Stops