Barista HK

Ethiopia Kochere Natural

Location: Kwun Tong, Hong Kong, China

Origin: Yirgacheffe growing region, southern Ethiopia.

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: HK $200/500 grams

Review Date: November 2013

Agtron: 57/77

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 9

Blind Assessment:

Chocolaty and spicy. Roasted cacao nib, fresh-cut cedar, flowers, a hint of paprika-like spice in aroma and cup. Richly balanced acidity; lightly syrupy mouthfeel. The chocolate-related notes carry deeply into a sweet, gently drying finish.


Yirgacheffe is a coffee region in southern Ethiopia that produces distinctive coffees from traditional varieties of Arabica long grown in the region. A “natural” or dry-processed coffee, meaning the beans were dried inside the fruit, encouraging a flavor profile that is lower-toned and more pungent than the more familiar wet-processed floral- and citrus-toned Yirgacheffe profile. Like virtually all Ethiopia coffees, this coffee is produced by villagers on small, garden plots interplanted with food and other subsistence crops. Barista HK is comprehensive specialty coffee business in Hong Kong that operates cafés, provides training, and produces a wide variety of products including coffees like this one. Email Terry Tse, terry@baristahk.com, for more information.

Who Should Drink It: Clean but unusual profile for coffee adventurers.

This review originally appeared in the November, 2013 tasting report: Dried-in-the-Fruit Refinement: Ethiopia and Yemen Naturals

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