The WestBean Coffee Roasters

Ethiopia Tawo Mok

Location: San Diego, California

Origin: Yirgacheffe, southern Ethiopia

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $24.00/12 ounces

Review Date: April 2017

Agtron: 56/78

Aroma: 9

Acidity: 8

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 8

Blind Assessment:

Deeply and sweetly pungent. Ripe blueberry, dark chocolate, calla lily, orange zest, aromatic sandalwood in aroma and cup. Quiet, gentle acidity; silky mouthfeel. The ripe blueberry and dark chocolate notes carry with resonance into the short finish, while richly drying sandalwood tones dominate the long.


Yirgacheffe is a coffee region in southern Ethiopia that produces distinctive coffees from traditional varieties of Arabica long grown in the region. This is a “natural” or dry-processed version, meaning the beans were dried inside the fruit, encouraging a flavor profile that is less predictable and deeper than the more familiar wet-processed floral- and citrus-toned Yirgacheffe profile. Like virtually all southern Ethiopia coffees, this coffee is produced by villagers on small, garden plots interplanted with food and other subsistence crops. The WestBean is a San Diego-based roastery founded by two friends with a passion for coffee and a determination to bring their customers the highest quality hand-crafted coffee possible. Visit www.thewestbean.com or call 619-709-3232 for more information.

The Bottom Line: A crisply sweet, ripe-berry-driven Yirgacheffe cup with attractive chocolate tones throughout.

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