Coava Coffee Roasters

Ethiopia Yirga Cheffe Koke Espresso

Location: Portland, Oregon

Origin: Yirgacheffe growing region, southern Ethiopia.

Roast: Medium-Light

Est. Price: $18.50 / 500 g. (17.6 oz.)

Review Date: April 2010

Agtron: 53/72

Aroma: 9

Body: 8

Flavor: 9

Aftertaste: 10

With Milk: 8

Blind Assessment:

Evaluated as espresso. Distinct floral- and citrus-toned aroma, lightly syrup mouthfeel and crisp, concentrated fruit that combines suggestions of citrus, flowers, aromatic wood and a cocoaish chocolate. Clean, very rich finish; the cocoa rounds to a sweet lemony chocolate. The intense flavors simplify in two parts milk but retain character and balance.


Koke is a particularly high-elevation district within Ethiopia’s famed Yirgacheffe growing region, as well as the name of a wet mill or washing station in the area. Owned and operated by Solomon Worku, the Koke mill has processed several award winning coffees in recent years. Coava is a Portland based coffee roaster that aims to provide quality coffee and the knowledge needed to properly brew that coffee. Visit www.coavacoffee.com or call 503-894-8134 for more information.

Who Should Drink It: An exceptional single-origin espresso, particularly as a straight shot.

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