The WestBean Coffee Roasters

Ethiopia Baraka Buna

Location: San Diego, California

Origin: Yirgacheffe growing region, Gedeo Zone, southern Ethiopia

Roast: Medium-Dark

Est. Price: $24.00/12 ounces

Review Date: August 2017

Agtron: 39/46

Aroma: 9

Acidity/Structure: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 7

Blind Assessment:

: Richly pungent, low-toned but floral and chocolaty. Lush, complex flowers, baker’s chocolate, dried raspberry, smoky sandalwood, a hint of black pepper in aroma and cup. Bittersweet and savory in structure; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. Crisp flowers and chocolate carry into a drying finish.


“Baraka Buna” means “first coffee in the Amharic language.” 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. This coffee tied for the fifth-highest rating in a tasting of nearly 130 darker-roasted coffees for Coffee Review‘s August 2017 tasting report. The WestBean is a San Diego-based roastery founded by two friends with a passion for coffee and a determination to bring their customers the highest quality hand-crafted coffee possible. Visit www.thewestbean.com or call 619-709-3232 for more information.

The Bottom Line: A pungent, intricate darker-roasted Ethiopia Yirgacheffe, lushly floral in front with an engagingly bittersweet, savory-edged depth.

This review originally appeared in the August, 2017 tasting report: Darker-Roasted Coffees: Confessions and Amends

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