|Yirgacheffe growing region, south-central Ethiopia.
The aroma is delicately balanced between orangey tartness and toasty sweetness. Surprisingly full-bodied, with soft acidity. Subtly complex in the cup with flavors ranging from citrus, berries and flowers to hints of nut and chocolate. Cocoa notes linger in the long finish.
Available at $9.21 per 14-ounce valve bag, an equivalent of $10.53 per pound. Certified organically grown and Fair Trade, meaning this coffee was purchased from small-holding farmers at a "fair" or economically sustainable price. Yirgacheffe is a coffee region in southern Ethiopia that produces intensely 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) express floral and citrus notes with particular intensity. SpecialtyJava.com is an Internet retailer and wholesaler of fine coffee that emphasizes quality and freshness, the latter with the motto "Age wine not coffee." Visit www.specialtyjava.com or call 888-586-5282 for more information.
Who Should Drink It
For those who prefer the smooth and naturally sweet to the vibrant and wild.
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This review originally appeared in the October, 2008 tasting report: The Budget Aficionado: Top Value Single-Origin Coffees