Counter Culture Coffee

Ethiopia Harfusa Buna Ababa

Location: Durham, North Carolina

Origin: Yirgacheffe growing region, southern Ethiopia.

Roast: Medium

Est. Price: $11.95/12 ounces

Review Date: January 2011

Agtron: 50/65

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 10

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Exhilarating fusion of lemon, honey and pungent cocoa with an underlying round, cherryish fruit in aroma and cup. Bright acidity, lightly syrupy mouthfeel, crisply dry but flavor-saturated finish.


Certified organically grown by the Harfusa Cooperative. Buna Ababa, or “coffee flower,” is the term Counter Culture uses to describe their wet-processed coffees from southern Ethiopia. Yirgacheffe is a coffee region that produces distinctively floral- and fruit-toned 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 is removed before drying) typically express great aromatic complexity and intensity with a particular emphasis on citrus and floral notes. Counter Culture is a wholesale specialty roaster with an informative and lively website, a commitment to fine coffee and youthful, enthusiastic leadership. Visit www.counterculturecoffee.com or call 888-238-5282 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: The classic Yirgacheffe aromatic package: intense, complete, yet balanced.

This review originally appeared in the January, 2011 tasting report: African Intensity: Yirgacheffe, Sidama and Environs

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