Olympia Coffee Roasting
Ethiopia Misty Valley
|Roaster Location:||Olympia, Washington|
|Coffee Origin:||Yirgacheffe growing region, south-central Ethiopia.|
|Review Date:||September 2008|
Blind Assessment: A richly sweet, almost overripe, berry-like aroma, with hints of earthiness. Full and smooth mouthfeel with soft, moderately sweet acidity. Though not quite as intense as in the aroma, the berry notes carry into the cup, joining a fruit-toned chocolate note that can be found in cocoa nibs. The long, dry, baker's chocolate finish turns slightly bitter as the coffee cools.
Notes: A region of lush, rolling hills in south-central Ethiopia, Yirgacheffe is the most celebrated of Ethiopia's coffee-growing regions. Most Yirgacheffe coffees are processed by the wet or washed method, meaning the fruit is removed from the beans or seeds before they are dried, emphasizing the cleanly high-toned, intensely floral-and citrus-toned aspects of the Yirgacheffe cup. The Yirgacheffe reviewed here, however, is a "natural" or dry-processed version of the great Yirgacheffe profile, meaning the beans/seeds were dried inside the fruit, producing a flavor profile that is lower toned and richer with a giddy, wild, slightly fermented fruit. Like most Ethiopia coffees, this certified organically grown coffee is produced by villagers on small, garden plots interplanted with food and other subsistence crops. Olympia Coffee Roasters is a small-batch wholesale and one-location-retail roasting company with a youthful, no-nonsense style and a commitment to quality. Visit
Who Should Drink It: Adventurous coffee drinkers who can appreciate the bittersweet side of chocolate.