Red Rooster Coffee Roaster

Ethiopia Konga Sede

Location: Floyd, Virginia

Origin: Yirgacheffe growing region, southern Ethiopia

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $16.49/12 ounces

Review Date: September 2017

Agtron: 60/78

Aroma: 9

Acidity/Structure: 9

Body: 9

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Sweetly pungent, richly savory. Dried mulberry, bay leaf, butterscotch, violet, Meyer lemon zest in aroma and cup. Delicate, sweet-savory structure; buoyant, silky mouthfeel. Floral tones and notes of dried berries lead the resonant finish in the short, rounding to butterscotch with herbaceous undertones in the long.


Southern Ethiopia coffees like this one are produced from traditional Ethiopian varieties of Arabica long grown in the region. When processed as here by the wet or washed method (fruit skin and pulp are removed before drying), they typically express great aromatic complexity and intensity with a particular emphasis on floral notes. Like virtually all southern Ethiopia coffees, this coffee is produced by villagers on small, garden plots interplanted with food and other subsistence crops. This coffee is organic and Fair Trade certified, the latter meaning it was purchased from small-holding farmers at a “fair” or economically sustainable price. Established in 2010, Red Rooster is an organic-certified micro-roaster focusing on socially conscious coffee and high-quality coffee. Visit redroostercoffee.com or call 540-745-7338 for more information.

The Bottom Line: A washed Ethiopia cup with a lot going on: high-toned fruit, crisply sweet citrus zest, and a confident ballast of herb-laced butterscotch.

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