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Green Stone Coffee

Ethiopia Gotiti Natural

Location: Taipei, Taiwan

Origin: Yirgacheffe growing region, southern Ethiopia

Roast: Medium

Est. Price: NT $580/8 ounces

Review Date: August 2018

Agtron: 46/72

Aroma: 9

Acidity/Structure: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 9

Blind Assessment:

Richly floral- and berry-toned, impeccably balanced. Violet, blackberry, honey, clove, salted chocolate in aroma and cup. Sweet-tart structure with rounded, lively acidity; plush, syrupy mouthfeel. The finish leads with notes of violet and blackberry in the short, modulating to salted chocolate in the long.

Notes:

Yirgacheffe is a coffee region in southern Ethiopia that produces distinctive coffees from traditional varieties of Arabica long grown in the region. This is a “natural” or dry-processed version, meaning the beans were dried inside the fruit, encouraging a flavor profile that is less predictable and deeper than the more familiar wet-processed floral- and citrus-toned Yirgacheffe profile. Like virtually all southern Ethiopia coffees, this coffee is produced by villagers on small, garden plots interplanted with food and other subsistence crops. Green Stone Coffee is a woman-owned artisan roastery in Taipei, founded in 2016 and specializing in sourcing distinctive coffees that express their individual terroirs. Visit http://www.greenstone-coffee.com.tw/en/info.html for more information.

The Bottom Line: Flowers and fruit carry for miles in this natural-processed Ethiopia cup: clean, crisp, and chocolaty, too.

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