Temple Coffee and Tea

Ethiopia Boke Natural Grade 1 Espresso

Location: Sacramento, California

Origin: Boke, Gamo Gofa Zone, Southern Ethiopia.

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $17.50/12 ounces

Review Date: October 2014

Agtron: 56/66

Aroma: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

With Milk: 9

Blind Assessment:

Evaluated as espresso. Exhilarating and richly complex. Chocolate fudge, deeply sweet fruit (black cherry, pineapple, mango), narcissus-like flowers, vanilla and myrrh in aroma and small-cup. Soft and silky-smooth mouthfeel. Sweet chocolate, pungent florals and intensely rich aromatic wood tones carry into a deeply resonant finish. Flavor maintains balance and intricacy in three parts milk, with rich chocolate and ripe fruit predominating.


Gamo Gofa is a coffee growing region only recently distinguished from the larger, more comprehensive Sidama or Sidamo growing region in southern Ethiopia. Like most other southern Ethiopia regions, it produces distinctive coffees from traditional varieties of Arabica long grown in the area. This Gamo Gofa is a “natural” or dry-processed coffee, meaning the beans/seeds were dried inside the fruit, encouraging a deeper-toned floral and fruit character. Like virtually all Ethiopia coffees, this striking and unusual coffee is produced by villagers on small, garden plots interplanted with food and other subsistence crops. Temple Coffee is a quality-focused retail and wholesale specialty roaster active in Sacramento, California since 2005. Committed to sourcing, roasting and brewing the finest coffees, Temple features coffee from distinguished single estates and cooperatives around the world. Visit www.templecoffee.com or call 916-454-1282 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: A powerful balance of brightness and depth supports a startling and original display of aromatic complexity. The intensity of the aromatic resin notes in particular may not be for everyone, but single-origin espresso aficionados should not miss this one.

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