Kaldi's Coffee Roasting

Ethiopia Koke Yirgacheffe

Location: St. Louis, Missouri

Origin: Yirgacheffe growing region, southern Ethiopia.

Roast: Medium

Est. Price: $11.99/12 ounces

Review Date: January 2011

Agtron: 50/64

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 7

Blind Assessment:

Crisply dry chocolate, dusk flowers, pungent fresh-cut fir and a hint of lemon in both aroma and cup. Quietly penetrating acidity, silky mouthfeel. The complex, heady aromatics fade somewhat in the finish.


Certified organically grown by members of the Koke Cooperative. This coffee is also Fair Trade certified, meaning it was purchased from small-holding farmers at a “fair” or economically sustainable price. Yirgacheffe is a coffee region in southern Ethiopia 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. Founded in 1994, Kaldi’s Coffee is a quality-oriented small-batch roaster with several cafes throughout Missouri. Visit www.kaldiscoffee.com or call 888-892-6333 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: More chocolate than usual in this showy yet balanced Yirgacheffe.

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

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